The Bible does not tell us when Jesus was born. I’ve heard conflicting information about when it probably really happened, and I don’t know what the truth is. What I do know is that if the actual date mattered, God would have told us. The word ‘Christmas’ is not mentioned in the Bible. There is no commandment to celebrate Christ’s birth. It’s okay if you choose not to celebrate.
Now, having said that, let me finish. (Tell the angry mob to hush so you can hear what I have to say.) I believe that we should be celebrating Jesus every day of the year. I think Christmas is great because it’s a time of year when people are talking about Christ. You hear Jesus’ name in songs in stores. That does not happen except September through December (the retail Christmas season). How awesome is it that people are nicer and more generous at Christmas? Why can’t they be that way every day of the year?
That’s why I’m calling for a Christmas Revolution! Will you join me? Here is what I am suggesting; instead of celebrating Jesus once a year, let’s celebrate Him every day. How can we celebrate Him? I think we can do it by giving the world some of what Jesus gave to us. We can never be as great as Jesus. After all, He was perfect. We are human, so we will mess up and do stupid things. However, if we work day to day to be more like Jesus, we can make great changes in our world. Here are a few things I will do in my Christmas Revolution:
Jesus gave me grace, so I will give grace to others. This is a tough one. I know there are people in your life that you haven’t forgiven. We all have them. I have them too, although I am trying day by day to forgive. You might be holding onto something big like abuse from your parent or harm that someone caused your child. You could be holding onto something silly like being cut off in traffic or having a gift card stolen from your mailbox. Either way, it’s time to forgive. The Bible says in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that the person you need to forgive doesn’t deserve it. He or she hasn’t asked for your forgiveness and hasn’t done anything to make it better. Well, I say, you didn’t deserve the forgiveness through Christ either, but if you believed and obeyed, He forgave you. Pay it forward. Forgive someone else.
Jesus prayed for me, so I will pray for others. Did you know that Jesus prayed for you? Read John 17, starting with verse 20. That’s about you, and it’s about me. Jesus prayed for us. We should pray for others. The second part of James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” If you believe, you can help others just by praying for them.
Jesus gave me mercy to me, so I will give mercy to others. Another word for mercy is compassion. Jesus was compassionate to many. In John 8, we read about a woman who was caught up in adultery. Jesus could have embarrassed her. He could have given her a good tongue-lashing right there in front of everyone. After all, she deserved it. She was not following the law, and she was sinning. Instead, Jesus gently told her in verse 11 to go and sin no more after reminding her accusers that they weren’t perfect either. When I see situations where people are obviously doing wrong, I can either get up on my high horse and condemn them, or I can remember that I am a sinner too. I can treat them as humans and show them compassion. I choose mercy, because I want mercy. There have been times in my life when I chose to sit on my high horse, and I found that I got knocked off the horse pretty quickly. I regret those times. I have no right to judge or condemn others. Instead, I will show them love and mercy as that is what Christ would have done.
Jesus gave me blessings, so I will bless others. God has given me everything. He gave me my very next breath. See…(Sigh)….He gave me that. I can’t give others breath, but I can give them other things. God gave me everything so who am I to keep it from other people? It’s not mine anyway! I may not always be able to give a million dollars to someone, but I can give what I can give. (That was very profound wasn’t it?) Luke 6:30 says, “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.” Use the discernment that God gave you. Don’t be scammed, but give, give, give. And if you do get scammed, just know that you did your part and God will take care of the scammer.
Jesus gave me peace, so I will give peace to others. I have a peace through Christ. It’s called the “Peace that Passes Understanding,” and Paul talks about it in Philippians 4:7. If you have it, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, you think I’m crazy. (Okay, you might think I’m crazy anyway.) We can’t give that kind of peace to others, but we can work to make peace. We can choose to “stir the pot” and cause trouble, or we can choose to be at peace as much as possible. A very wise man told me once that it takes two people to argue. If you will just shut up, the argument is over. It’s true! Try it! You’ll see amazing results. Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” You can only do what you can do, but do your part.
So, that’s it. This is the Christmas Revolution that is sweeping the nation. (Or the three people who read my blog.) Will you join me? If we brought a little Christmas to every day, we could change the world! You can even rock that ugly Christmas sweater all year long if it will help you get in the spirit of things! -Al