Yes, everything is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s ways of making us right with himself depends on faith.
-1 John 2:15-17
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does the will of God will live forever.
Do you live by these verses? Do you at least try to take actions in light of them? Numerous places in the Bible call for us to give up everything to follow Jesus. He himself said that very thing to a rich young man. If we truly want to live for Jesus, like Jesus, and shine like Jesus, we have to give up all our comforts.
Can a full glass of milk, like to the brim full, possibly, in anyway, be filled anymore? No! It must be emptied before it can be full of something else. The same is true of us. If we are so consumed, so full, so caught up with ourselves, we cannot be filled with God. We just can’t. We are to full of ourselves to even think about adding anything else.
And do you really want to live like that? I mean seriously, do you want to eat pounds of food for Christmas dinner, and not give a second thought to those who don’t have anything at all to eat on the 25th of December? And do you want so many gifts that you can’t even remember all of them at once, when someone else doesn’t even have the chance to receive even one small gift? And what about celebrating? There are so many people in this world today who haven’t even heard the name of Christ, it’s not funny. Even then, we sit in on our couches, drinking egg-nog, while ignoring the rest of the world. We don’t give one thought to those who don’t know what it means to celebrate.
We probably don’t really know either. I mean, if we got out there and did something, something life changing for Jesus Christ, and we got to experience it, don’t you think we would really have a reason to rejoice, far beyond any reason we might have had before? Now if we did that, we would be giving of ourselves, and then, it would be even more amazing to take part in. You know the saying, ‘It’s more blessed to give, than to receive.’ Does that mean anything to you? Have you truly experienced this blessing?
This holiday season, please, take head to my words. And always live by the words of John the Baptist, “He [Jesus] must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30)
Together, let’s do something radical for Christmas. Instead of filling ourselves, let’s erase us, and show others how to be filled with God too. If you have decided to do something different this year, please tell us about it, so we all can be encouraged.