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What Does God Want for Christmas?

This was the subject of a sermon I heard this past Sunday morning. The message began with thoughts about Christmas and the season, and then the question was raised, in an “I wonder?” sense, “What does God want for Christmas?”

The text for the sermon came from Micah 6:6-8, in which the real question is, “What can I do that will please the Lord?” First on the list is sacrifice: Will this please the Lord? We learn from the words of Samuel that “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). We know now that there is only one Sacrifice pleasing and acceptable to God, and that was the sacrifice of His only Son, and His finished work, on our behalf, on the cross.

How many of us have said, in response to a question about whether we celebrate a certain holiday, something like this: “I celebrate Christmas every day;” or, “I celebrate Easter every day.” As Christians, this is correct. We can celebrate what was accomplished by Jesus coming to earth … and, then, His victory over death and the grave … every day. Without these two events … well … there wouldn’t be a Christmas, or an Easter … or, really, anything else to celebrate, would there? Without Jesus, we would all be lost, and without hope. Period.

I think that what God wants for Christmas … is the same thing He wants every day of the year:
You.
And, me.
To love Him, hear His voice, accept Him, and follow Him. To accept Christ, not just for a season, but for all seasons.

Think about it: God doesn’t “need” anything. He already owns everything. Everything He allows us to have is already His.
Ready for this … God doesn’t have needs … only wants …
God wants us to love Him, accept Him, and follow Him … that’s what God wants … every moment of every day.
Us.
Individually.
Personally.

He “wants” to have fellowship with us … wasn’t that the very reason that He created man in the first place? He still wants this, with each one of us, individually.

Back to Micah: The question raised in verse 8 is “What doth the Lord require of thee?” And, then, the answer is given, to what the Lord requires of us: “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

What a great response, which carries the full weight of everything needed, and asked for, to please God. Notice the “answer” gives the two main things God always asks of us, and both are about relationships: To love Him, and love others. To serve Him, and serve others.
The Ten Commandments? 5 detail our relationship with God, and 5 detail our relationship with each other. I think of Jesus’ answer to the question about the “greatest commandment”:
Matthew 22:37-40: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Also, how can we “act justly” if we ourselves aren’t justified?

Oh, and Micah also mentioned “mercy;” in fact, to “love mercy.” Awesome! How can we love others unless we have mercy, loving-kindness, toward them? How can we be properly motivated to do this, unless we love God? Simply put, we are to show others mercy and forgiveness, just as God has extended mercy and forgiveness toward us.

A season of giving? Again, every day: As God has given us, we should give others. We give, as we have been freely given. Never, ever forget … There are people in your life … that only you … and you only … can reach with the Gospel … that’s why they are in your life!

One last thing, which just happens to be included in the list from Micah 6:8, is this: “To walk humbly with thy God.” I love how God never misses an opportunity, when “making a list,” to add the word “humble” or “humility,” always one of the first attributes of Jesus we think of, and which God “wants” us to display …

Today, every day, God cares about us, and “wants” us to care about Him, and to care about others.
Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

P.S. See … I didn’t mention, even once, or question, if you would celebrate the birthday of someone you didn’t know? If you don’t personally know Him … He already knows you … get to know Him … by speaking to Him, and hearing from Him!
R.V.R.
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Modern-Day Psalm Classic: “I Stopped by Your Place for Christmas”

I Stopped by Your Place for Christmas

Introduction

I still remember my tears falling on the paper as I wrote, “I stopped by your place for Christmas, the place where you always stay …”
Written on the hood of my van, on a torn-apart bank deposit slip, under a huge maple tree just a few feet away from the grave site of Carol’s parents, just hours before a winter storm would cover the ground for months.

I Stopped by Your Place for Christmas

It was one week before Christmas
Exactly, to the day
I stopped by your place
The place where you always stay

The sun was so bright
The sky was so blue
As I stood there and cried
As I stood between you two

The day was so bright
Not a cloud in the skies
As the sunlight glistened
Off the tears in my eyes

I came by your place
To tidy up a bit
Ready to work
All I could do was just sit

I came with some tools
To work on the flowers
Today may be sunny
But tomorrow night, snow showers

It made me think how fast
Life changes from day to day
One Christmas you’re here
The next, you’re gone away

Gone to a place
We’ll all go some day
It made me wonder if people would visit my place
Or would they stay away

As I stood and pondered
Your rose-colored stone
In the midst of a field of monuments
To loved ones now gone

I loved you both and miss you so dear
Another Christmas will come, that I wish you were here
I’ll remember that Christmas was your favorite time of year

I thank God for the memories
Of holidays spent
All of us together
I wonder, where has the time went?

I know that one day
We may
Move away
Where ever we go
It is here you must stay

You’ll both always be part of our Christmas
We’ll remember the love and joy on your faces
And know you’ll always be together with us
We’ll just spend Christmas in different places

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

“I Stopped by Your Place for Christmas,” one of the classics from “Modern-Day Psalms: Praise Songs and Love Messages for your Heart and Soul,
from the Heart and Soul of Richard. Vincent. Rose.

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