Looking at Christmas as a “feel good event” rather than a “divine invitation” could be hazardous to your spiritual health.
Christ came to earth, that is a certainty not a fable. He came as part of a plan that was formed by God before time began.
He came as a Gift to be received by faith into the hearts of everyone who would believe in Him. Think of Christmas like a Seed that comes in the smallest, most seemingly insignificant form, an Infant. The Seed falls into the world as an invitation to come into the very depths of our being – it is truly an invasion of the human heart. The pregnancy depends on our response.
There will be four responses according to Jesus.
- Rejection – like a seed that bounces off hard infertile soil/heart, there is no response and Christmas has no effect. Unbelief. Infertility.
- Tolerated but Unlasting – like a seed that does take root at first, there is no root formation and the plant dies. This is the shallow soil/heart. Miscarriage.
- Choked – like a seed that does take root but is overcome by other concerns that overwhelm the plant. The materialistic Christmas heart could fall into this category. Weeds.
- Fruitful – like a seed that is received and nurtured, the plant grows up to produce love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and gentleness. Fruitful.
Where is your heart this Christmas? The Holy Spirit says to look at the fruit in your life. Your response to Christmas truly affects the quality of your life and the destiny of your life.
Is anything more important than that? The Sower of the Seed is God and the Seed is God and the object of the Seed is every single person on earth (God’s creation).
Hearing the Christmas message is one thing. Believing the Christmas message is another.