Christmas Is Not Your Birthday

It’s obvious that Christmas is not the celebration of our birthday, but it seems we often treat Christmas as if it is all about us.  We are so excited about giving and receiving gifts.  As children we compiled a list for Santa, filled with our wishes and hopes.  We may not compile a wish list as adults, but we do get caught up in the parties and festivities.  I’ll be the first to say that I, too, enjoy giving and receiving gifts, going to parties, gathering with family.  This is one of my favorite times of the year.

However, it is important that we never lose sight of the reason we celebrate Christmas.  We give our thanks and praise to Jesus, the Lord of lords and King of kings, who took our flesh upon Himself to be our Savior by paying the debt of our sin on a cross and overcoming our death through His Easter resurrection.

I believe our celebration should include not only worship with God’s people in the Lord’s house, but worship through our desire to love others as we have been loved by our God.  Generous living is a form of worship.  St. Paul put it this way, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

As the family of Christ that we call First Immanuel / River of Life, we are answering the call to generous living.  I am inviting your family to join Diana and me as this year we will donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission the same amount of money that we spend on Christmas gifts.  We will collect our contributions during our weekend worship of December 21 & 22.

Please join in making a difference!