Don't Miss What is Most Important
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27
Christmas is such a busy time of the year. Celebrations, shopping, family gatherings, all that is going on in the world and more dominate our lives at this time of the year. The focus of the holiday season seems to be on everything other than the most significant event that ever occurred at Christmas.
How often outside of church do you hear people speak of the wonderful story of Jesus Christ at Christmas? In fact, the world has moved from even saying “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” in search of political correctness. The world is consumed with the buying and giving of presents at Christmas. We are caught up in the insignificant things of life so many times.
The same thing occurred when Jesus was about to enter the scene in Bethlehem. There was a new census and taxes that may have been dominating what people were talking about. In those days, government was on the mind of people much like today. As well, people were consumed with the details of their lives just like today.
During all of that, the Lord spoke through the angels and said: “Do not be afraid: for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10
God interrupted all the insignificant things going on in this ancient world to share the greatest news that this world has ever heard. Think about this announcement for a minute. God so loved us that He sent His Son to be born in a stable and die on a cross that we might have life abundant and eternal.
At the time of His birth, it may have seemed insignificant to the Roman empire but it was anything but insignificant. As 1 Corinthians 1:27 says above, God used this event to confound the wise, change the world, and show Himself strong above all else.
I think we all need that reminder as we live this life. Indeed, the significance of Christmas is Jesus. Jesus deserves more than a mention not only this time of the year but every day of our lives. He deserves the primary place of honor and authority in our lives. He is significant! I pray that this Christmas we will not miss what is most important!