It’s the first of December. Some may say it’s officially the start of the Christmas season. Christmas is EVERYWHERE! It’s lining the hallways of my children’s school, it’s blaring over the speakers of each store I walk into, it’s the flavor of every single commercial from now until December 25th. (That’s only a few examples. Give me time, and I could fill this entire post with Christmas sightings.)
Here’s the thing. I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of Christmas. And what’s been jumping out to me is this—
God brought heaven to earth.
Throughout the ages, humanity’s heart hungered for something real. For love. For life. Just something to fill the emptiness, to revive what’s dying. Mankind had lived in a state of spiritual feebleness, crying for a taste of hope. And God answered this cry through the birth of His Son. Through Jesus, He brought heaven to an angry, sinful world. He sent heaven to us.
And now we as Christians, can do the very same thing. Our hearts are filled with the hope of heaven, and we in turn, can bring it to those around us. Bring heaven to your voice by speaking words of encouragement, praying for those hurting this holiday season. Bring heaven to your hands with simple acts like making cookies for the widow who lives next door or by donating gloves/mittens/coats to local clothing drives around your community. And just like our Example, Jesus, you can reveal the heart of God everywhere you go.
Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed acts of rage, devastation, injustice and pain. Again humanity is broken, but salvation is within reach. This isn’t a save-the-world post, but more like a I-can-bring-a-piece-of-heaven-by-simple-works kind of message. It doesn’t take much. It should begin within the boundaries of your home. Instead of allowing the holiday stress to overwhelm you, breathe the wonder of heaven by dwelling on the reality of Emmanuel- God with us. He truly did bring heaven to earth, and more importantly heaven to our hearts. It’s up to us to share.