What Next?

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Yesterday was Valentine’s day but #ValentinesDay did not trend the whole day. Guess what did? #LoveIsForEveryday. That intrigued me that we have chosen to talk more about loving one another and expressing it each day, than making it about one single day. First I must confess that I personally exchange gifts with my husband and we celebrate Valentine’s Day in every way we can. But we also strive to express love every other day. It would be so wrong if after taking me out for dinner on Valentine’s day, we went home and crushed each other physically and emotionally. Actually, there’s no marriage or relationship that can be sustained by one day of the year. If you only wait for Valentine’s day, the relationship is already dead. Work should be done each and every day to make your partner feel appreciated and loved. Work does not mean flowers, chocolate and socks only, work means love and submission. Well, I was not planning to talk about this today, let’s talk about Christmas.

During Christmas we must always hear ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’ reminding us that it is not just about gifts and gatherings. Christmas has a deeper meaning than meeting family and friends. It is the season that we talk about God’s love most: How it all began in John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. That whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ Then we quote Isaiah 6:9 in most of our gatherings and recitals  ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’ We sing all this wonderful carols about a King being born, how joy has filled the world, how we will live forever because of Christmas day. Then the day goes, we start asking ‘What next?’

I love Christmas and I believe the celebrations should continue. We cannot be meeting with family and friends every day, most of us cannot make merry every day. That comes with Christmas day. But the real meaning of Christmas should continue daily. If truly Jesus is the reason for the season, we should live for Him all the days of our lives. If indeed a King was born, why isn’t he ruling our lives? If indeed He is the wonderful counselor, why do we seek counsel from other God, why is man’s counsel more precious to us? If He is the Mighty God, why don’t we trust in His power? If we celebrate Christmas for the right reasons, why forget the reason immediately after the one day of celebration?

This would be a great message for December, but we hear it from everyone during that season, we celebrate and then wait for the first day of the year, go to church and give thanks to God. Well, some also go to say ‘hi’ and immediately add a ‘bye’ till the next year. May the Lord forgive us for taking His love for granted, taking His grace for granted, taking the life He has given us and scrapping Him out of it. Is it okay to also say, ‘If the only time we know Jesus is ‘Christmas Day’ then there’s no relationship at all?

So did you celebrate Christmas? Is the reason still valid?

Selah

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