What do you see when you look inside you?
I'm talking about when you reflect on your life. I don't know about you, but I am always dealing with the temptation to justify myself. I want my actions to be understood as I intended them. I want my arguments sound persuasive. I want my life to be significant. I want to be a part of doing good things. So the temptation is that when I look at myself, I see the good things I do and the intentions I have. Usually the bad things I do are overshadowed by my good intentions. Simply, I have a hard time being honest with myself.
But occasionally I get a glimpse at myself without pretense. There are moments when I see myself as God sees me...a struggling, striving, follower. In moments like these, I realize I need help. More help than I normally admit. I need help being a dad, being a husband, being a son, brother, pastor, farmer, etc. You get the point, there are times when I realize that I need something I can't provide. That's where Jesus comes in.
What is Jesus' last name. No it's not Christ. Christ refers to the role he served for us. Christ, the English for the Greek - Christos, and Hebrew - Messiah, means God's annointed. We read about Jesus being proclaimed as sent by God in his baptism and prophesied in the Old Testament.
Jesus comes in and gives me the faith to be faithful. He gives me the purpose that brings joy to my life. He helps me to stand up victorious when I feel defeated.
So I sing, O come all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant...
How about you?
What's robbing you of your joy? What steps do you need to take to regain your joy through Christ?
Think of a time when your faith seemed weak. How did Christ help restore your faith?
What can you do this week to focus your Christmas preparations more on Jesus?
Let's talk about it, call, email, or message me and let me know your thoughts.
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