The commercialization of Christmas has influenced how this religious holiday is now celebrated. Advertisements appeal to humanistic tendencies, often suggesting that bigger is better. Unfortunately, rarely do commercials address the price of these exotic gifts that few can afford. Subsequently, in an attempt to impress those whom you love, it’s easy to become distracted during the season of giving. Instead of getting excited, I dread all I need to do.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn, Luke 2:7.
In modern terms, Jesus was born in a cheap bed and breakfast without a bed, room or special meal for Mary and Joseph. This humble beginning would make most people ashamed, afraid to talk about the poverty Jesus was born into. Nonetheless, this child of God altered the Jewish faith and gave hope to Gentiles, those born outside of God’s chosen people. This child showed adults how to live, how to lead and ultimately, to lay down his life for mankind.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” John 3:16.
One of the Bible’s most famous verses also details God the Father’s selfless act, sending his son to earth, to live, die and rise again to so others may have eternal life. While it’s hard to ignore the never ending ads, don’t allow the pressure to out spend others this season ruin your Christmas spirit. Rather, start each day in prayer, seeking God’s discernment for opportunities to help, serve and reach out to others in need this Christmas season.
by Jay Mankus