Jesus Christ was brought to earth for one purpose: to give his life for ours. His death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice to forgive the past, present, and future sins of God’s people. And God’s people are all of us – white, black, tall, short, bad, good, liberal, conservative, Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, etc. God created every person who walked on this earth, and Christ’s time on earth proved that we are all brothers and sisters. Jesus Christ broke bread, conversed, worshipped, and/or celebrated with just about every walk of life. And he commanded us to do the same. (John 15:12 -- “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”)
Too often in today’s world we separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters because of worldly boundaries. Whether they are religious divisions or denominations, political parties, or geographic borders, our world is made of walls. Sadly, these walls have prevented many of us from following Christ’s command to love others.
This Christmas, I have committed myself to reach out to those who seem to differ from me – from the white mailman, to the homeless beggar, to the liberal politician – and love them as Christ loves me. I have made many mistakes in my life. I sin just about everyday. And yet, Jesus Christ loves me unconditionally. No matter what I do – good or bad – He will not love me any more or any less than He already does. And this example of love, if I truly follow it will enhance my life and those I touch.
I have also committed myself to embracing Christmas for its true value. Instead of “buying” the commercialism of Christmas, I plan to embrace the “Christ” in Christmas. I plan to honor Jesus Christ’s birth by spending extra time in worship throughout this special season. I also plan to increase my tithing, prayer, and Bible study to honor His life on earth. With each Christmas gift I give this year, I will include a Bible verse, commitment card, or another faith tool. I plan to cover my house with angels, crosses, and nativity seasons, so that everyday I am reminded of the true reason of Christmas. These may be small steps to take the Xmas out of Christmas, but I plan to do them wholeheartedly. For I believe that if Christians everywhere want to live a life of God, they must start by embracing Christ’s life on earth.