Spirit – Pas­tor Pushie

Pas­tor Pushie urges us all to re­mem­ber the di­vin­ity of Christ­mas

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THE CHRIST­MAS PARTY

Christ­mas has al­ways been my ab­so­lute favourite hol­i­day. As a child, the ex­cite­ment and ex­pec­ta­tion of gifts and fes­tive food was the most glo­ri­ous thought imag­in­able. It’s a hol­i­day I have cel­e­brated ev­ery year since I was born, first with my par­ents, and now as an adult with my own chil­dren.

So much ef­fort goes into en­sur­ing the mem­o­ries last long af­ter the day ends. First, you must de­cide on the gifts you’ll buy, then plan the Christ­mas lunch menu and lastly de­cide where to spend the hol­i­day. It takes quite a lot of time and de­ter­mi­na­tion to shop for all the gifts, then to wrap them beau­ti­fully and dec­o­rate the home in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

An­nual cel­e­bra­tions and re­li­gious tra­di­tions have long ex­isted. The Bi­ble says that ev­ery year, Je­sus and His par­ents went to Jerusalem for the Passover feast of the Jews. And when Je­sus was 12 years old, they went once again for the feast and ev­ery­one had a won­der­ful time. When the fes­tiv­i­ties were over, they re­turned home but un­be­known to His par­ents, Je­sus stayed be­hind in the tem­ple. For an en­tire day, no one no­ticed that He was miss­ing. Panic set in when they re­alised Je­sus was not with them. In all of the fun and ac­tiv­i­ties, their 12-year-old son was able to get lost for an en­tire day with­out any­one the wiser. It is amaz­ing how we can eas­ily be­come so en­grossed in the things that mat­ter the least. I’m not say­ing don’t have fun. By all means, have a fab­u­lous time. But don’t lose your faith dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. Don’t lose Christ in Christ­mas. Be­cause when the day is over and all the gifts are for­got­ten, you will still need the Saviour.

It took three days for them to find Je­sus. Can you imag­ine los­ing your son for three days? That would be the most trau­matic hol­i­day ever. When they fi­nally found Him, He was sit­ting in the tem­ple, en­gag­ing the teach­ers in the Word of God. While ev­ery­one else was hav­ing a party, Je­sus was lis­ten­ing to the Word of God. When ev­ery­one else is eat­ing, drink­ing and be­ing merry, we’re seek­ing the call­ing. We’re hun­gry for the Word, and thirsty for His pres­ence. Our joy is the church, our party the praise team, our favourite song the wor­ship. Our pre­ferred place the house of the Lord. You see, when what is in­side of you is greater than what is around you, you will seek a man­i­fes­ta­tion of an en­vi­ron­ment that com­ple­ments your in­ner des­tiny.

I don’t know what 2018 was like for you. It might not have been your great­est year. I don’t know what pain you faced and what loss you ex­pe­ri­enced. Maybe you lost some­thing along the way, maybe the house didn’t make it, maybe the mar­riage didn’t make it, maybe the job didn’t make it, but you’re still here. You made it! You made it to De­cem­ber 2018. The peo­ple in the grave can’t say it, but you can. So, “Let ev­ery­thing that has breath praise The Lord”. As long as you’re still breath­ing, there’s still pur­pose for you. God is not done with you. You can lose any­thing, but don’t lose your faith. Get your hope back, get your joy back, get your peace back. When the party is over, make sure you still have your pur­pose.

Make a de­ci­sion for your fu­ture to be bet­ter than your past. Don’t waste your life mourn­ing your losses at the ex­pense of cel­e­brat­ing your pre­sents. Life right now is a gift. If you don’t open any other gift this year, open this one – the gift of the present. Re­ceive it, em­brace it, and make it count.

LET’S PRAY:

Lord Je­sus, for­give me for the times I’ve for­got­ten you. Thank you for never leav­ing me even when I walked away from you. To­day I reded­i­cate my life to you. I recog­nise that I can­not do this life with­out you. I ask you to come into my heart. I want you to be my Lord and my Saviour. Take your right­ful place in my life. In Je­sus’s name I pray. Amen.

May God bless you and make His face shine upon you. Have a blessed fes­tive sea­son.

Merry CHRIST­mas ev­ery­body.

Al­ways, Pas­tor P

If you don’t open any gift this year, open this one, – the gift of the present. Re­ceive it, em­brace it and make it count.

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