At One Community Church, we present some words of reflection by one of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Fannysteen Mays.

The Word:
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Luke 1:31-33 (NASB)

The Story
It is with anticipation that I wait for my birthday to arrive.  It’s just around the corner, only a few days away, and I anxiously wait to see what will happen on my special day.  Are we going out to dinner?  Will there be a surprise party?  How will we celebrate my life, the day that I was born? I cannot help but wonder what God feels about His children celebrating His birthday.  I desire that my actions reflect the importance of His birth and I not be caught up in the material things that often consume the holiday season.  On this day, and every day, I want to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  As my family and I sing songs, cook dinner and even shop, it is essential that we remember that Christ came so that we might have life more abundantly.  On this day, let the significance of His birth be our focus.

The Reflection
Have we been spreading the Good News of Jesus’ birth, or frustrated because of the many distractions of this season?  What are we telling others about the reason for the Christmas season?  What has our main focus been during this time?  If God were waiting with anticipation of His birthday, would our actions make Him a proud parent?

The Application
How can we celebrate this special event?  Let’s spread God’s love by spending time telling others about the Lord. Let’s remember to celebrate His birth all throughout the year!

The Prayer
Heavenly Father, please help us be mindful of our actions.  Celebrating Your birth should be our first priority.  Help us share with others that it is not about the gifts, but about You.  All that we have is because of You and we are truly grateful for Your many blessings.  Please help us to share Your love with others. Amen.