Making Christmas About Christ
Happy Sunday everyone! Today’s post comes from my friend Racquel. I love her insights and this post and I can’t wait to share it with you! – Taylor
How can I make this Christmas more about Christ? That’s become my focus this Christmas season. If I’m being honest, it’s a goal that I usually set and fail at every year because I let myself get distracted by everything else. However, this month I have been asked two questions that really shifted my thinking, and I’m excited to share them with all of you. My prayer is that we can use them to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ together.
At the beginning of December, I decided to try a Christmas advent study to accompany my normal scripture study. It’s only been one week, but it’s already had a huge impact. One of the questions in the study this week really hit home:
What does it mean to you to be saved?
I have read countless scripture verses talking about things we need to do to be “saved” and how Jesus Christ “saves” us. I seem to end up glossing over them, thinking something like, “yep, that’s true, great verse.” This question made me stop and think though. What does being saved mean to me? I am a big fan of lists, so you can bet that I made one when I read the question. This is what I came up with.
Saved: delivered from sin, saved from mortality, delivered from sorrow and trials, comforted and surrounded by love and peace, rescuing from peril, free from guilt, taken out of the grasp and influence of the devil.
I looked down at my list and realized, Whoa. “Saved” means so much more than I thought it did. I think that most of the time the scriptures are talking about “saved” in terms of sin and the grasp of the devil, as well as living with God in the next life. When we stop and think about this concept more and personalize it, being saved can mean so much more.
This leads me to the second question I was asked this week. While I was at an institute class on Thursday night, two missionaries came to talk to us, and one of them asked this question:
How is Jesus Christ your Savior?
As I have been studying Christ this week, I’ve realized that while I know a lot about Him and that I have a testimony of Him, I need to come to know my Savior personally. In Gethsemane, when He suffered for my sins and felt all of my pains and sorrows and heartaches – that was personal. On the cross, when He died so that I can live again – that was personal. He knows me personally. Jesus Christ has the capacity to be there for me and to understand me in ways that no one else can. He saves me in every aspect of the word – from my sins, from the sins of others, from my trials and heartaches, from guilt, from shame, from mortality.
So now I have two questions for you. What does it mean to you to be saved? How is Jesus Christ your Savior?
Reach out to Him. He is ready and willing to lead you to Him, to strengthen your faith, and to wrap His arms around you and lead you to happiness, unlike anything you’ve ever known. I promise that He knows you personally too.
I look forward to studying these two questions more and using them as tools to guide me to a more personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I invite you to join me in this effort to make this Christmas more about Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas everyone.