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Christmas Warnings
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 13:23

I know it is time to "deck the halls" and sing about "Dasher and Dancer" and "Silent Night" but let me inject just a subtle, gentle, not-too-tough warning about Christmas.

I hear your moans, you are saying, "Donít do it...donít say anything to put a damper on Christmas!"

Trust me...I love Christmas, it is my favorite time of the year, and I would never do anything to put a damper on Christmas. It is just a good time to throw out a few warnings that if we listen to them will make Christmas an even more joyous celebration.

I heard the figures and it dawned on me that many who live in this great land of ours drift dangerously near insanity for three or four weeks each year. If you think I am kidding consider these statistics. Americans will spend over 9 billion dollars during the Christmas season. 180 million dollars will be spent on wrapping paper alone, the bulk of which will be immediately thrown out. Over 200 million dollars will be spent on postage, and estimates are that 2.5 million telegrams will be sent between the 23rd and 25th of December this year.

Then throw into the mix emotions that for a variety of reasons begin to run wild. Nostalgia mixed in with eleven months of guilt will prompt illogical and extravagant purchases. We will keep cash registers ringing and the credit cards snapping and many will trade the joy of Christmas for the jolt of Christmas that usually hits around the 26th of December.

In order to keep our focus during the holidays, allow me to make a couple of suggestions or observations. Please understand I am writing this for myself as much as I am for the rest of you.

First, let me warn you about substituting the fake for the genuine. During the holidays let me remind you to set your sights on Christ first. It is His arrival that we are really celebrating, not the arrival of Santa Claus (even though I look forward to that as well). Make sure you donít lose the Savior in the midst of the wrapping paper, the ribbons, and the bows.

Next, let me warn you about not becoming a seasonal sell-out. The call of Christ is to be His ambassador, doing the Kingís business in season and out of season. People are wide open to the gospel during the holidays, so make sure that the people that you bump into understand the reason that YOU have to celebrate. Make the often used phrase, "The reason for the season," clear to those you meet.

"...stay occupied with the Person so you wonít have to fight off the plague..."

Then let me remind you to give from the heart and receive from the heart. Before you get caught up in the frenzied gift buying this year take a look at your budget, be wise, be a good steward of the resources that God has given you. Gifts are not valuable because of their price tag, they are valuable because of the way they are given. Make sure you are giving from your heart and the gifts are given with the love of Jesus.

Last, let me remind you to lighten up so you can avoid a letdown. One of the most effective maneuvers of the worldís system is to create a false sense of excitement. It is easy for the Christian to get "high" very easily on the crest of Christmas, and many find the afterglow to be somewhat depressing. Guard yourself, and keep a steady hand on the controls, enjoy the 25th but not at the expense of the 26th. Relax and celebrate the birth of the Savior, not just on the Christmas morn, but everyday of your life.

In other words stay occupied with the Person so you wonít have to fight off the plague ( if you arenít sure what the plague is, it is the Grinch attitude of missing the whole point of Christmas). Make Hebrews 12:3 your aim, "Consider Him...so you may not grow weary and lose heart"

Think About It!







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