My husband’s favourite Christmas movie is Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. It is the story of a greedy, miserly, miserable man called “Ebenezer Scrooge” who hates Christmas and all it stands for. Ebenezer learns the true meaning of Christmas when, one night, he is visited by three spirits – the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Well, another “Ghost of Christmas” has come and gone leaving in it’s wake mountains of crinkled and torn wrapping paper, empty cardboard boxes, over-full tummies, and often, hefty credit card bills. I hope that your Christmas was also, and more importantly, filled with the true meaning of Christmas – hope, peace, joy and love.
While my Christmas was not filled with an abundance of material gifts, it was filled with family, love, laughter and good memories. Oh – if we could only hold onto all those good things throughout the year!
Well, I ask, “Why can’t we”? Why can’t the warm and fuzzy feelings of Christmas last all year round? Why should we work hard at “loving our fellow man” only once a year? Jesus was not born to bring peace, hope, love and joy to only a few people once a year! The “peace and goodwill” that the angel spoke of to the shepherds was not just for them or for just that one night.
Luk 2:10 And the angel said to them, Do not fear. For behold, I give to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The gift of Jesus was, and is, for all humankind. And while God has set a time limit for the offering of this gift, the offer is good for each and every day of every year until God’s plan is fulfilled.
God offers us the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love every day, not just once a year. God offers us “Christ”mas every day of the year! As Christians, we should be examples of “Christ”mas all year too! The poor, elderly, sick, widowed, and orphaned are still in need of our help, support and love throughout the year, not just at Christmas.
I exhort you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be “The Ghost of Christmas Past” but let us work hard at being “spirits of Christmas Present” all the year through!
2Th 3:13 But you, brothers, do not be weary in well doing.
Mat 25:35 For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in;
Mat 25:36 I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.
Mat 25:37 Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink?
Mat 25:38 When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You?
Mat 25:39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.