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Advent Attitude Check

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Life ChangeAdvent is in the second week and Christmas is only 16 days away – counting today and Christmas Day. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that their family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly look good and if I could taste them – I imagine they taste good too. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole time – throughout the week – Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we were able to catch up throughout the week (maybe even the whole month). Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones?

As the secular festivities are planned and continue – please do not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. It is His birth that we celebrate – even if the world doesn’t accept Him. As Christians – we should keep at bay the secular festivities – keeping them in their proper place – and remember and celebrate Jesus! Not only the baby in the manger – but the returning Christ as well.

It always helps me to remember that Jesus made a decision to come to earth as the Word became flesh. It was a willful decision of God to come to earth as a babe in a manger and to live His life and give His life for us. Remember the example I gave yesterday in the sermon? When a loved one dies – many say they are in a far better place. I’ve also heard persons say that our loved ones wouldn’t return for even a moment – if they could – because they wouldn’t want to leave heaven. They love us – yet they love heaven more. Yet – Jesus left heaven – not just for a moment – but for 33 years or so. He gave His life for our lives.

God’s Word – coming through Paul – speaks to me during Christmas. Philippians 2:5-7 – 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

So what is our attitude at Christmas? Are we caught up in the secular so much so that we forget the real reason for Christmas? Do we take Christ out of Christmas by using Xmas as shorthand for Christmas in our e-mails or letters? Think about it. Is Jesus the center of our thoughts during this time of the year? If not – shouldn’t He be? Do an attitude check as we move through Advent and celebrate Christmas this year. Don’t just put Christ back into the word Christmas – but – as Christians – make sure we put Christ and Christian morals and values into Christmas – and year round. Check your attitude!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

P.S. Remember what I always say about Christmas – don’t go into debt for Christmas!

December 10, 2018 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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