During the Christmas Season Christians all over the world commemorate the most momentous event in human history—God giving His ONE and ONLY Begotten Son into the world He made, in the form of a tiny baby. Sadly, the commercialization of Christmas especially in North America and Europe has caused this time of year to be about everything else but THE REASON for the season.
This Christmas I urge you to put God FIRST and celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ. What is the best way to do this? Let us begin by praying that our lives will take on the attitude and be characterized by the first words of the Bible: “In the beginning…GOD.” Nothing is right that does not begin with Him. “God first” is the voice of Scripture. Putting God first begins with celebrating the glorious gift of Jesus!
At the first Christmas the angels sang: “Glory to God in the highest.” This was the beginning of their song. After giving the glory to God did they sing of “the good-will” toward men.
True good-will toward men springs from a desire to glorify God. It amazes me that even most Christians are ignoring this first principle. When God is shut out, man is exalted. Hence “the gospel of God” (Romans 1:16) is being rapidly and almost universally superseded by “a different gospel” (Galatians 1:6). The “different gospel” does not begin with the glory of God, and it will not and cannot end in any real good to man. The “different gospel” begins with man; its object is to improve the old nature apart from God and to reform the flesh; and the measure of its success is the measure in which man can become “good” without “God.”
Isaiah 44:6 says, “This is what the LORD says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” He is the only One. He is first in priority of time. He is first in superiority of rank, and He is first in absolute supremacy. Creation, redemption and salvation began with Him. His was the word which first revealed it (Genesis 3:15). His was the will which first purposed it (Hebrews 10:7). His was the power that alone accomplished it. Therefore “Salvation is of the LORD.” Hallelujah!
Putting God; first. Seeking the Kingdom of God; first. Such living enables us to see His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Such thinking and living causes the Christmas Season to be about the One and Only Jesus Christ.
He is first Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace to, in and through our lives (Isaiah 9:6).
Decide today to make this Christmas Season special. Start with this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, I pray that this Christmas will be a special time in my life. I ask that the Holy Spirit will help me put You first and foremost. Help me set aside the next three weeks to worship the King of Glory and celebrate His birth. Like the Magi, I choose to focus on Him and rejoice with exceeding great joy. I want to see and experience the fullness of His grace and truth, as never before. I pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.”