The Christmas Spirit
Daily Devotional for December 2nd
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:30-33
Christmas! What an awesome time this season is! During this time of year, people experience joy in giving to those they love. People will even give to people and charities they don’t know simply because of this spirit that grips us. It’s a time of celebration; a time of giving. It’s a time when an overwhelming feeling of love comes into our heart like no other time of the year. Love permeates the air, caring for our fellow man consumes us and, for a period of time, we forget about the hurts of the past. There is no wonder why this is called the most wonderful time of the year.
While the world unknowingly basks in the Spirit of Christmas, every Christian understands where and how it comes about. What is so different about this season is the fact of “who” it is about. There’s something about the very thought of Jesus that changes everything. The wonder of Jesus brings peace into the heart. Even in everday living, a life with Jesus in it brings about victory and light, while the absence of Jesus in a life results in defeat and darkness.
Some people attempt to get into the Spirit of Christmas by hanging garland, lights, and holly. It does not come this way. There is not a single task a person can perform that can bring them into the Spirit of Christmas. The Spirit of Christmas comes when the heart focuses on a baby born in a little town of Bethlehem to redeem mankind back to the Father. It is not just the thoughts of Jesus coming to this world, but the love of God that led to Jesus coming. The Christmas Spirit is in reality the love of God to all of the world viewed through the birth of the Saviour.
Once our thoughts and desires turn to Jesus, the Spirit of Christmas is the result. It will bring peace and good will toward men. Are you finding it difficult to get into the Christmas Spirit? If so, it could be that your eyes have drifted onto Santa Claus, the Christmas Tree and snow. Take some time to read the story of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, Magi and most importantly Jesus. The Spirit of Christmas abides in a lowly manger viewing a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes.