The human body needs to consume food on a regular basis in order to sustain itself. Likewise, the spirit of a human being needs to consume spiritual food. And just as a person (for the most part) chooses what food they put in their mouth, we also have a choice as to what we decide to feed our spirit with.
So today for lunch, I decided to hang out with God. It’s something I don’t do as often as I should, but when I do, he spoils me with amazing revelations of his Word, and it makes me wonder why I lose motivation to read my Bible regularly.
For lunch, I read Romans 4-6. I was reading through the three chapters trying to make sense of what Paul was telling the Roman church. Everything was sinking in, but I didn’t feel as if I was coming away from it with mind-blowing revelations.
On Christmas Eve last year, I received an email containing clichéd, but truer-than-fiction facts. It was Christmas-themed, obviously, but it talked about the very purpose as to why we celebrate this special holiday.
Now, I’m going to say something that’s cliché. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, what with all the decorations, shopping for presents, snow or more beach (depending on where you live – Australia FTW!) and parties, we do often forget the very foundation of Christmas.
So, I’m going to share what was in that email with you, my faithful reader
Remember: Jesus is better than Santa
Santa lives at the North Pole.
Jesus is everywhere. 1
Santa rides in a sleigh.
Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year.
Jesus is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies.
Jesus supplies all of your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited. 2
Jesus stands at your door and knocks and then enters your heart. 3
You have to stand in line to see Santa.
Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap.
Jesus lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn’t know your name. All he can say is, “Hi little (boy/girl), what’s your name?” 4
Jesus knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address, too. He knows our history and future, and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads. 5
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.
Jesus has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is Ho Ho Ho.
Jesus offers health, help and hope.
Santa says, “You better not cry.”
Jesus says, “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”
Santa’s little helpers make toys.
Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle,
but Jesus gives you joy that is your strength.
Santa is a myth,
but Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree,
Jesus became our gift and died on the tree.
It’s obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember who Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ back into Christmas.
Jesus is still the reason for the season.
There’s a blog bug goin’ around in GFRESH and it doesn’t seem to have bitten me yet.
I’ve been struggling like crazy to formulate a post in which I share all the lessons I’ve learnt from and since SOS camp. But with all the distractions, I haven’t been able to collect my thoughts properly into a clear and articulate post that doesn’t go off into different tangents at every paragraph.
People have been asking me when I’m going to post a new one, so I feel somewhat pressured to write a post that has a huge bang; one that leaves everyone in absolute awe of my wisdom. But I realised that it would be ridiculous and that’d be impossible.
So instead of trying to write something, I’m just going to post the transcript of part of a preaching by Joseph Prince from Hillsong Conference in 2007. My sister was actually watching the DVD of said preaching one afternoon, and I was sitting in the lounge room as well, eating, and I heard this part and it left me in awe. So here, I share it to you, because it is an amazing teaching:
[Referring to John 13:23-24] The Bible says that John was leaning on Jesus’ breast that night. It’s an expression of depending on the Lord’s love for him, not on his love for the Lord. He wasn’t leaning on his own bosom. He was depending on the Lord’s love for him.
Peter, on the other hand — he defies the believers and the law who boast of their love for the Lord. When the Lord says, “One of you shall betray me,” Peter said, “Lord, if all these should betray You, I’d never, ever betray You. And where You go, I’ll follow, I’ll follow. [Sings] You’ll always be my first love, my first love…” Before the night was over, he denied ever, ever knowing his Master. Whereas when you find the disciple who boasts of the Lord’s love for him, John… at the foot of the cross.”
The first result of knowing that you are loved by God, of practising the sense of being loved by God, to be effectively under grace is to always feed on his love for you, because it’s a fixed and constant that God loves you.