Have you ever watched a young child encounter Christmas lights for the first time? My older brother’s children are young, and their faces display a glorious rapture and delight in all things bright, colorful and new (to them) during the holiday season.
I think the same is true of young Christians. When we first come to know Christ, we recognize our salvation as a marvelous gift – completely undeserved and therefore all the more beautiful. Although our love for Christ deepens as we seek to know Him more and walk daily with Him, sometimes, I think, we lose the sparkle.
More often than not, the reason is that we let something or someone come between us and our Savior. Perhaps we set up an idol in our hearts – anything that replaces God as our first priority. Another common culprit is unconfessed sin that robs us of the closeness to God we once experienced.
David understood this. In Psalm 51, a Psalm of repentance after his affair with Bathsheba, he acknowledged his sin and begged for restoration: “Restore to me the joy of my salvation” (verse 11).
Is there something in my life or in your life that is stealing our joy this Christmas season?
If so, there’s no better time of year to clear the clutter out of our hearts to make room for Christ.
Perhaps we also need to clear our schedules to make room for Him. May we not become absorbed in the endless activities or tangled in the tinsel, but rather take the time to rejoice in the wonder of God’s love for us… love so amazing that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin with the purpose of redeeming mankind from sin’s curse.
Maybe it’s in the quiet of our own home. Maybe it’s in a candlelight service where we block out life’s distractions and focus on the reason we celebrate the season.
Regardless, take time to thank Him for His love. Don’t let anything in your life rob you of the wonder of it.