Elements of ChristianityNovember 10, 2022
Why Christmas? Scripture: Luke 2: 8-14December 22, 2022
Over the weekend, we won’t be thinking about work and what needs to be done, and then when Monday morning comes, we take a shower, get dressed, get in the car and go to work and begin to think about what is on our
list at WORK.
This morning I thought we could think of our faith like it was Monday morning.
Look at our faith and see what is a priority and focus on that and pay attention to the details!
A lady waited until the last minutes to send her Christmas cards. She rushed into a store and bought a package of 50 cards without really looking at them. She rushed home, signed and addressed 49 of them without really looking at them.
On Christmas Day when things had quieted down somewhat she found a leftover card and finally read the message she had sent with the 49 other cards to her friends. Much to her dismay, it read: “This card is just to say I’ve been busy – a little gift is on the way.” It was supposed to be for those who might not have gotten all the shopping done and to send a reminder your gift is coming – don’t worry!
If we don’t PAY ATTENTION we could totally miss the meaning of this season. And the world will help us do just that!
Talking about how far we have gone and the focus we have lost – there is a new product you might want to consider: the “upside down Christmas tree”.
This is the History Behind the Upside-Down Christmas Tree, for the right reasons, dates back to the eighth century when a Benedictine monk, hung a fir tree upside down to represent the Holy Trinity, in an effort to stop pagans from worshipping an oak tree.
BUT TODAY the creator says, “this unique 7-foot pre-lit fir is inverted to ensure a smaller footprint for less-spacious areas, and allowing more room for the accumulation of presents underneath.”
We need to, for ourselves, shed some light/focus back on Jesus this Christmas and share that light with others…
The long-awaited Light. The birth of the Christ child fulfilled Isaiah’s ancient prophecy: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone” (Isaiah 9:1).
In the Book of Malachi, the last of 12 books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): We need to be prepared to shed some light on AND work on our faith.
If we are going to have the stamina for a Monday morning faith we need to be able to recharge our batteries! God has so ordained life that we have periods for rest and for spiritual refreshment. Where do you rest in life? Where do you rest and restore your soul.
Church the refreshment for the soul – spiritual body. Church is home where you can recharge your battery. When we restore our souls, then we can go out and fulfill God’s mission in ordinary ways. We can GET TO WORK!
Just like we need sleep to be more alert, we need to keep worshiping God to keep our faith alert and focused. If we don’t have Monday morning faith we will not be aware of the gifts (revelations) he will bestow upon us. We need to spread word and serve God in the world, starting on Monday morning. We can’t shelve our faith until we return again.
SO, WHAT IS THE WORK WE ARE ASKED TO DO – SHINE AS LIGHTS
In the scripture, Paul told his friends….shine as lights…
Our light, it is not a flash of brilliant light. Like the star, it is for the long-term shine.
Here it is. Over time, he calls us to share. To be a witness to the works of Christianity we must have a spiritual perspective…one that will steady our souls.
The Christian, in his moments of desperation need only recall John 1: 5 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Who we are and what we do as Christians seldom bring immediate results. The important thing is we are to be the bearers of light. Jesus called us to this everyday ministry – A Monday morning faith – of living and loving and working in ways to reflect the light of God’s glory unto others.