Posted by Dean Paulson

Boy, I don’t know how many times I have heard that line when Christmas season comes around.  Don’t forget the true meaning of Christmas.  We were then reminded of the greatest gift ever given.  The gift of course is the gift of God’s only son.  A part of that gift was the exciting truth that whoever should believe in him would not perish but receive everlasting life. (John 3:16)  However, if you are reading this article it is highly likely that you understand what the true meaning Christmas is.  The question I want us to wrestle with a little bit this Christmas is the question of what should my response be to the true meaning of Christmas.  I would like to suggest two responses.

The first response is worship.  I firmly believe that the reason God saves us is so that we can worship Him.  God created us and designed us to worship him.  Sin entered the world and  humanity began to worship everything (including themselves) but the one true God.  At Christmas we are reminded that God sends his Son so that we could be forgiven. Once we are forgiven we can now do what we were created to do which was to worship the one true God in spirit and in truth.  Jesus tells us this in John 4:23-2423 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (NIV)  That time is now.  We now are to worship Christ with our voices of praise accord to Pslam 9:2 “I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High” (NIV).  We also are to worship him with every aspect of our lives.  Romans 12:1,  1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  (NIV)

The second response should be that we want to make the true meaning of Christmas known to our family and friends, our coworkers and business and associates and to everyone in our community.  If we truly understand and believe the true meaning of Christmas, that Jesus entered into time and space and walked on earth in human form.  That he died on the cross and rose again and now sits at the right hand of the father.  And that all who are dead in their trespasses and sins can be made alive spiritually in Christ Jesus by grace through faith.  Then we should want everyone we know and come in contact with and who live in our community, and even those at the ends of the earth to know about this “true meaning of Christmas”

As we enter this Christmas season I want to encourage you to not only remember the true meaning of Christmas but to respond to it.  Respond to it by asking God to give you a heart bent towards worshiping him this Christmas.  And then worship him.  Ask him to give you a heart bent towards those who do not know the true meaning of Christmas.   Pray for opportunities to share your faith with those in your circles of influence.  This would be putting the true meaning of Christmas into action.