I love Christmas … I love the decorations, the music, the food, ugly Christmas sweaters (or at least making fun of them), time with family, Christmas Eve services and everything about it. With this being my first Christmas in the U.S. in the last few years, I have really been enjoying all the Christmasness all around me. However, I realized the other day as I was listening to some of my favorite Christmas music that I was getting lost in the middle of all this Christmas greatness.
I was listening to lyrics that say,
“Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free…
Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a king”
“I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross too”
along with other similar lyrics, when I was convicted of how “lost” I had become in the middle of this Christmas season.
I have always known the true meaning of Christmas and I have never forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, but somehow it got pushed to the back of my mind. Hearing these lyrics helped bring it back into focus. Christmas is a time for us to celebrate the birth of Christ. But that isn’t the end of it. Christ came to bring us good news of great joy. He came to be our Savior, to die for us, rescue us and set us free. THIS is why we celebrate Christmas.
As I have listened to these songs over and over again, I keep reminding myself that in the midst of all the “Christmassness” not to lose sight of what is most important. I am not saying that all the lights, decorations, goodies, time with family and gifts are bad…these are all fun, but if I am not careful they will become the main focus instead of what really matters. And what really matters is Christ and my response to Him.
My favorite Christmas song is Little Drummer Boy. Part of that is because I have a weird obsession with drums, but it’s the message of this song that really makes it my favorite. It is about a little boy who is going to see a new baby king, but doesn’t have money to buy him a gift. So, he decides he will play his drum for the baby king and he plays his best for him. This song is a reminder of what my response to Christ should be. It doesn’t matter what I have or what God has called me to do. What matters is that I give my all and do my best for my King.