“Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ -but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything.” – 1 Corinthians 6:11-12 NLT
I once was everything that I was brought up to believe was wrong. No, that’s wrong! I have sinned, grievously, and been wronged, but I was never those things. I acted them and I thought them, but I never was them. God teaches us that we are His children, always and forever. We are not our thoughts or our actions! Just because we are created in God’s image and given the free will to decide our own individual destiny, doesn’t mean that we know better than God. Paul nailed it in verse 12: “… even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything.”
December brings us into a joyous season for Christians. Even though we know that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25, it’s the day we choose to celebrate His birthday.After all, it should be a momentous day; the day He chose us over heaven. Incomprehensible. He essentially abdicated His throne to come to live with us on earth; to experience hunger and thirst and pain, blistered hands and aching muscles, to be human. Would you do that? I confess that if given that choice, odds are highly in favor of my declining!
It’s so easy to get wrapped up (pun intended!) in the gifts and parties and busyness that we take our eyes off the reason and focus on the season. It seems we have allowed the holiness to be overwhelmed by our slavery to the unimportant parts. I have gifts to be wrapped, and decorations to put up, and parties to go to, so I’m not pointing my fingers at anyone but myself. As we focus on the reality of why we do all this, realize that every person has a different reality. What I do with this season is up to me. I think that this year, I need to remember verse 12 as we approach the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord. As we celebrate with family and friends, remember those who can’t be with their families and those who don’t have families.
Mostly, though, rejoice that the Lord of the universe took it upon His Person to come to earth to be with us; to serve us and to save us.
“For unto us a Child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” – Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT
(All scriptures from http://bible.com)