Christmas time is undoubtedly a season with almost a month long preparation for celebrations, carol rounds, shopping, gifts. Many have forgotten the real reason behind all these and few do it meaningfully. Whatever be the reason, the joy, happiness, enjoyment and laughter behind it cannot be denied. It is also true that despite our motives God uses these efforts of ours to transform lives.
With such similar excitement we had planned our Christmas programme last year with the practices in place, invitations printed, venues booked, money paid, rounds and rounds of shopping to carefully choose the gifts that would be meaningful. But on the day of the programme, the city was in floods with shouts of anxiety, roaring tears of losing loved ones, houses and belongings being washed off. Nothing short of a sight of great devastation, the city was in a state of utter confusion unable to come to grips with the reality.
While we are a little upset about the unexpected cancellation of the Christmas programme, my friend reminded us how the first Christmas scene could have been mourning in every house over the death of their sons brutally killed by the Herod’s orders. The Prince of peace was indeed born in such a chaotic environment. This year again, we had more prayerfully planned on hosting a Christmas party which got postponed and postponed due to one reason or the other. With a lot of questions on my mind, I started to meditate upon what could be our possible means to spread the Christmas joy and message.
Jesus was born with a purpose and He passed on a purpose for each of our lives. The Christmas calling for each of us is not just to wrap baby Jesus and keep Him in the manger but to share the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. As people who have tasted His love, and His birth in our hearts we ought to wholeheartedly feel the responsibility to share this Christmas gift with others. The Bible teaches us a simple way of doing it from 1 Peter 2:15, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men”. The ignorance of the foolish men may be silenced by doing good. The message of the Cross itself turns out to be foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18). We are not asked to be learned men/women to argue with those in ignorance. Instead we are asked to do good thus showing the Light that shines in darkness.
Do we have the heart to restrain ourselves from buying new clothes and gift those in need, or even buy an extra pair while we buy ours? Has our celebration become selfish or it still carries around the Christmas calling? We have started blaming the Church for everything, of late. Friends, let us remember that the building doesn’t make up the Church but You and I do.
As we celebrate this Christmas may we sustain in our struggles to do good to everyone as per the will of God. Without words of hatred, anger or argument despite the growing persecution and explicit oppositions, let us join hands to work towards silencing the ignorant. 2 Peter 1:10,11 says “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” When all our plans of Christmas celebrations get cancelled and our words fail, it’s our life that carries the Christmas message. As we celebrate a meaningful, purposeful and a special Christmas, how are we going to act upon our Christmas calling?