This time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the decorating, the shopping, and the planning. The outward celebration of Christmas can be hectic, and time consuming, but what can be even more difficult is the internal, soulful celebration of Christmas. We make sure we have all of our bits and bobs of the season in order but we often forget what the celebration is really all about.
This scenario is not a new one. We humans have tendency to get busy and forget the reason why we're busy in the first place. Amazingly, there is an account given in the Bible of a similar situation, in which Jesus paid a visit to the home of some of his close friends; Mary, Martha, & Lazarus.
These verses show a stark contrast between what it looks like to be preoccupied with good things and what it looks like to be preoccupied with the greatest thing. Mary took the time to sit at the Lord's feet, to hear His voice, and to know Him better. Martha was "anxious and troubled about many things." She was doing a good thing but was missing the main thing.
Christ was in their midst, in their very home, and yet Martha was distracted, anxious, & troubled. How much more prone are we to getting distracted, with all of our modern technology and daily diversions? Let's be intentional this season to celebrate the main and most important thing, our Savior.
We can more intentionally and soulfully celebrate this season by taking time to sit at the feet of Jesus and by celebrating with the Body of Christ. An Advent devotional is a great way to prepare our hearts for the season, here is a list of Advent devotionals we recommend.
If you are in the Jeff City area, we would love to invite you to celebrate the Savior with us, in song and in the preaching of His word on Christmas Eve morning, Sunday, December 24th at 10:00 am, 400 E. High St. Jefferson City, MO.