It’s Christmas! It’s time to celebrate the Christ of God born that we become “as the body is one.” (I Corinthians 12:12) The church, His church, His body “is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” (I Corinthians 12:12 KJV)
It is my goal to lead us away from stress, overindulgence, a focus on material things, and childish behaviors. If we are to grow into healthy, mature adults we need to cease childish reactions to the pressures of worldly activities.
What does Father God require? That no man be “influenced and led astray to mute idols” [like traditional Santa Clauses and worldly customs]. (I Corinthians 12:2) As real believers, we must learn and teach dependence on the Holy Spirit! Anointing of our understanding is greatly desired at this time so we are kept from satanic perversions of the truth. The word Christ means “the anointed”. It is His birth we recognize this season and so we must be willing to be guided rightly!
What better way to recognize and celebrate Christ’s birth than by using our diversity of gifts and sharing those gifts to each member of the body? God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be.
God, the Father, put His stamp upon you, so to speak. He did this by giving you the Spirit to dwell in you. Ephesians 1:13 (KJV) states “in whom ye also trusted after ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
This year can we give from our diversity of giftings to all with whom we come into contact? Reflect on these spiritual gifts: healings, tongues, miracles, prophecy, discernment…love! Can we present the truth of God so that young and old alike will be stirred up through the love of the Holy Spirit? This would please Him as we declare our delight in Him.
This year can our focus be on Ephesians 4:30 “…and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God…” How do we grieve Him? By disobeying the Word. By indulging in ways of the world and forbidden things. Lies and falsehoods, dishonest practices, corrupt speech, bitterness, anger, clamor, railing and malice – all these grieve Him.
Instead, can we use our individual gifts and walk in the Spirit in lowliness and meekness, in purity and self-awareness, obeying the written word? As we do His will from our heart, then PEACE, JOY, and LOVE – free gifts – will triumph over worldly reasonings. God will reveal His wonderous plan all on the same principle of His free grace! The indwelling Spirit enables us to enjoy Christmas as He ministers Christ to our souls. Share the true Christmas this year!