Too Busy To Worship?
“The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.” Luke 2:20 (NASB)
Christmas is a time filled with wonder and joy, especially for Christians. I mean, think about it! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth as a tiny, helpless baby with the ultimate goal of dying on the cross to secure our redemption - is there anything more amazing? Yet, particularly for those of us who come from Christian backgrounds, this time of year brings a familiarity that can bring shoulder shrugs and yawns. We’ve heard it all before right? We might still laugh at the little girl who lifts her skirt above her head during the church Christmas program, but the message itself goes in one ear and out the other.
We may nod our heads in agreement to this familiar phrase - “Jesus is the reason for the season” - but is it reflected in our lives as we head towards December 25th? That’s a question Dr. Tony Evans asks today in a devotional he wrote for Proverbs 31 called “Too Busy to Worship?” Dr. Evans shares that ultimately the Christmas story is all about worship - the shepherds outside Bethlehem, Simeon at the temple, the Magi who traveled for over a year to see Jesus - they all came to stop and worship the Savior of the world.
How about us? Will we take time this Christmas season to stop and worship our Savior? Dr. Evans says, “We live in a world full of God’s blessings, which can include unparalleled freedom and even great material wealth. As we enjoy these blessings, we often forget the value of Jesus Christ in our lives. It’s easy to think we are self-reliant in meeting our needs and living the “good life.””
He then follows with this statement - “Knowing the story of Jesus Christ is not nearly as important as discovering how that story can, and has, transformed our lives.”
Has your life been transformed by the Savior? Take time to worship him today!