Christmas is just around the corner. We often think about putting the focus back on Christ at Christmas. So in an effort to avoid the trap of gifts and materialism, we offer a token reading of the Christmas story before we tear through the wrapping. Or maybe there’s an extended prayer before we dig in to over-indulge on turkey, stuffing and Christmas treats. Maybe we’re sure to sing carols at least somewhere in the season. If we’re really diligent we may make an effort to carve out time for God. We’ll get up early or stay up late, maybe sitting by the tree all lit up so pretty as we read our Bibles.
I know. I speak from experience.
And sometimes Christ comes. Sometimes.
Don’t get me wrong. God never leaves us… but sometimes He draws near and other times He doesn’t. We blame it on busyness, and maybe that is a problem – I know I’ve certainly had years where it has been. Or we blame it on being so tired, or distracted, or whatever.
But have you ever stopped to wonder why we have to look hard to find the Christ at Christmas? Why is it that in a season that celebrates Him He seems so hard to find?
I think it’s because our selfishness blinds us. Scripture says this:
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27, NIV
This Christmas find a way to spend time taking care of orphans and widows and staying away from the pollution of the world.
How will you do that? What will it look like for you? This is God’s call for us. Maybe if we worshiped in this kind of purity we wouldn’t have to work hard at putting Christ back into Christmas… He’d already be there.