Pause and Reflect

Duane Vander Klok

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The year is coming to a close, and the Christmas season and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is once again passing. Soon, many of us will take down the lights, put away the decorations, and will continue into the New Year with new goals, aspirations, and plans for the future. Flash forward about 10 months, and the ‘Holiday Spirit’ will once again cross our radio stations, television specials, and we will prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Here’s the thing, shouldn’t we celebrate and give thanks for the birth of Jesus every single day?

Yes, it is very important for all of the world to recognize this day, but are we as Believers meant to stop there? The creator of the Universe, the author of our lives, and the Savior of the world stepped off of His heavenly throne to be born among humanity. He did something so profound and so extreme, does it not warrant more than one day a year of recognition?

You see, there is an Enemy that wants to distract us from the importance and brevity of Jesus’ birth with gifts, lights, Hallmark movies, and holiday songs. Even more, the Enemy wants to isolate it all to one single day, and then encourage us to move on with our lives the next morning. What if, however, we embraced the true meaning and importance of what Jesus did? What if we took every day to reflect on what He did and what He continued to do through His life, death, and resurrection?

This week, let’s continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Let’s pause in the busyness of the season, in the busyness of the year, and reflect on what God did and continues to do every single day!