The holiday season can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs for Christians. From the highs of considering the monumental birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to the cold dreary days slugging through a seemingly endless list of tasks. Here are three reasons straight from the bible for Christians to have great cheer this holiday season.
1) God So Loved The World That…
In opposition to what the Calvinists might think, scripture shows God wants all to come to a saving knowledge of Him.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-John 3:16 (KJV)
I’m so glad I’m a whosoever. And you are too. The verse doesn’t read the appointed, anointed, preselected, unconditionally elected, rich, poor, American, or any other prerequisite. It reads whosoever believeth in him should not perish. God’s willing to save ‘em all, folks. We just have to be willing to be used by God to reach ‘em all. Opening up, letting God use you and the gifts He’s given you for His glory is the greatest single thing we can do this holiday season, or any time for that matter. And it should excite you today to read this. To know that you too can be used to reach the lost, and that means anyone that has yet to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. No one is left out. God wants us to reach all, and He is counting on us Christians to be His hands and feet.
If we give proper attention to what God’s put us here on earth to do then whatever is dragging us down should deteriorate in comparison. We’re called by the great King. We’re called to be His servants. What better a calling is there in this life or the next?
2) We’re called to come to Him boldly
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
-Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
I love the word of God. With a single sentence the Lord shows us that we should not just timidly, or quietly, or regretfully call His name, but boldly come to Him for mercy and grace in our time of need. Earlier this week as I wrestled with bad asthma throughout the night and struggled to sleep, I went to God in prayer. I prayed boldly for healing, for relief from my restlessness. I cried out to God! And nearly as soon as the words left my mouth my body calmed. My breathing eased. My soul was at rest.
Friends, you have the greatest advocate in the history of the universe on your side. And He says, come boldly to the throne for mercy and grace. How awesome is that? If you aren’t coming boldly to Him with your needs, with your problems, and with all that brings you down, isn’t it time you started?
3) Preparing a Place for Us – An Eternity of Peace
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
-Revelation 21:4 (KJV)
If thinking about a never-dying body that feels no pain, has no sorrow, and is with Jesus for a eternity doesn’t get you excited, I think you need to give it all some more thought. All the ‘if’s’ of life, if I didn’t have this disease dragging me down, if I just had someone to help me, or if I could just ask Jesus why He made things this way. All the ‘if’s’ will be gone, and you’ll be free (from all the physical and emotional baggage) to praise Jesus in the company of the saints of God forever more. I don’t know about you, but that excites me. To think of how much of God’s word is focused on us, on how He sent His son to die for us, so we could have life forevermore. And one day we’ll be able to meet God, the one that gave His life for us. We’ll be able to stand tall for an eternity with the One that loved us more than anyone ever has or will.
Thinking about peace begets peace. In Philippians 4 we’re tasked to think on the virtuous things. Have you ever tried this exercise? I have, and I can tell you this is such an effective way to build your faith up on a solid foundation both in the moment, to receive peace, and for the future eternal home we’ll one day call home. Give it an earnest try, and see if it doesn’t calm you too. Here’s the verse:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
-Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
To sum it up, if we keep our minds stayed on Jesus as the book of Isaiah prompts us to, and come to the great comforter, our Lord and Savior, boldly with all our sorrows and pains, and keep the amazing end prize in mind, we can truly enjoy this holiday season like never before.