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Devotional - week of December 29, 2002


CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11

There is still a Christmas spirit in the air—but in a few days it will be gone and the people of the world will go on with their personal interests and activities.

With those who live out their union with Christ every day is Christmas day.

Consider the responses to the birth of Jesus. From the divine perspective God sent angels to tell shepherds of Jesus’ birth and where to find Him. He sent a star to guide the wise men to Him.

Consider the human responses. Mary and Joseph responded with a spirit of obedience to God’s concerning the birth and care of Jesus. They responded with a sense of wonder—awe and inquiry. Mary and Elizabeth and the angels responded with praise.

The shepherds responded with excitement and a desire to tell others. The wise men responded with a spirit of worship and generosity.

Herod responded to the news of the coming of Jesus with fear and hate. He attempted to destroy Jesus.

Every day, believers who live out their union with Christ are aware that there are those who fear and hate the thought of the advancement of the message of Jesus and attempt to stamp it out.

Every day, they deeply desire that others know about the Lord Jesus and rejoice that God sends millions to guide many to Him.

Every day, they live with a spirit of praise and worship.

Every day, they live in a sense of wonder—a sense of awe and inquiry. They thrill at what they know about Jesus and long to know more about Him

Every day, they are excited about Jesus and take pleasure in the privilege of living in availability to Him. They experience deep fulfillment in giving away their lives for the sake of others.

With those who live out their union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection every day is Christmas day.