Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Peace and Worship of Christmas

I made it a point not to publish any new items on my blog from the day after Black Friday until the day after Christmas. I feel that we have gone too far in the commercialism and busyness of Christmas. With this in mind, I am reminded of a story in the New Testament that deals with the concern of busyness.

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Lk 10:38-42.]

The picture here illustrates that there is a lot of work to do and Martha is concerned that her sister Mary is not helping out. Martha complains to Jesus, but to her surprise, He replied that Mary has chosen the necessity of life.

Christmas is about the birth of Christ. Too often we get caught up in the rush and commercialism of Christmas that we completely miss the true meaning. How many of us this Christmas were so concerned and tied up with the busy work of Christmas? How many were so concerned with the wrapping paper, so concerned with the gifts, so concerned with the cooking, so concerned with the get-togethers, so concerned with everything but the true meaning of Christmas that we are now thinking "I am wore out".

Would it not be the greatest Christmas if we are freed from the pressure from having to get "stuff"? Free to focus on the birth of Jesus Christ. Free to worship the Lord and Savior of the world. Maybe next year we can free ourselves from the pressure and focus on worshipping the Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings. Free, like Mary, to choose the necessity of life

I hope you had a great Christmas!

In Christ,