Free From Busy-ness

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful." Colossians 3:15

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Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is fast approaching. It is a time that should be used for quiet contemplation and thanksgiving for all we have and who we are in Christ. It is a time to examine in awe and wonder what Jesus was willing to do for the world. Unfortunately, it seems to be a time of frenzied shopping and doing--Christmas trees, decorating, going to Christmas teas and parties. We don’t necessarily want it to be that way, but somehow, a bit of this will sneak into our hearts and then into our lives.

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Remember when you first came to the Lord--how passionate you were about Him--and about His Word (the Bible)? You’d wake up with worship songs in your head, You wanted to tell everyone about Jesus and how to get saved. But at this time of the year, you find yourself waking up worried about work, school, finances, and dinner. Are you like me in feeling that if one more person says ‘Happy Holidays,’ you’re going to barf? Are you more worried about what to give for Christmas than what was given for you?

CHRIST HAS COME

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7

Christmas is coming, and our Saviour Jesus is still just as close to us as when we became His. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can take us out of His hands or heart. Nothing can change the fact that
     He came as an infant
          vulnerable to sickness, weariness, cold and heat...
          to be tempted as we are and yet without sin.

     He came as a man
          to heal the sick,
          give hope to the downcast,
          sight to the blind and
          life to the dead.

     He came and was betrayed
          by someone He called friend,
          to hang on the cross
          to be crushed by the weight of our sin
          to be separated from His Father.
          His hands, feet and His brow, still scarred for you, for me, for the world.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” Isaiah 9:2

Join me in finding the wonder of when we discovered the love of our Saviour. Before you worry about the gifts or the parties, or the dinners, the lack of money or time, the busyness of the ‘season’, remember how wonderful it feels knowing you are free. Free from eternal damnation, free of condemnation, free from guilt and from worry. We are free from the trappings of a world that makes Thanksgiving Day into Turkey Day and CHRISTmas into X-mas!

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!” Psalms 100:4

Let us praise Him.

Please join me and praise Him. Look to the star--the bright Morningstar, the KING of Kings and of angels and of you and of me. He already knows where you’ve been and what has happened. He's opening His arms wide to draw you close…again.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Christmas is soon upon us and a New Year will closely follow. Remember that every day is one more day to thank God in Heaven above for the Gift that just keeps on giving. Thank Him, because what He takes away, we don’t really need or want anyway!

"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

by Eve Montano