Each month I write an article for a local magazine, Up In Cumming, and I like to share them with you, too. This month’s issue was focused, of course, on Christmas. Hope you like it!
It’s Christmas time which means the age-old mad dash for the latest, greatest toy. You know what I’m talking about – the compulsive drive we have to purchase whatever toy the advertisers have brainwashed us into thinking our children must have.
I remember the Christmas I got a Rubik’s Cube, the world’s best selling hand-held puzzle. It was the hottest item that holiday season, and I couldn’t wait to try my hand at solving it. I must have spent hours messing with that silly piece of plastic. I took it on car rides and fiddled with it during bored moments. I twisted and turned the pieces as I watched TV and ate snacks. Yet, I was never able to figure it out, and I gradually spent less and less time with it until it found a permanent home at the bottom of my night stand drawer.
I bet you have similar stories with other “hot-ticket items.” Remember these?
Cabbage Patch dolls.
Tickle Me Elmo.
Do you know what all of these toys have in common? They are old news! At one time they were all the rage, but eventually these prized possessions were tossed aside and forgotten.
The Gospel is sort of like those toys, for some of us. The story of God’s great love is exciting when we first discover it, and we find ourselves enamored with His goodness. We attend church….often. We even find ways to serve others. We read the Bible and tell others what we’re learning. We view God as fresh, relevant, and inspiring. For a season, God has our complete attention, but then monotony sets in.
We hear God’s story each week at church and grow numb to its power. Frustrated because we don’t always understand the Bible, we stop reading. Focused more on our daily routines and responsibilities, we stop talking about God with other people. Over time, our excitement for our faith wanes, and we grow cold to the One who once wooed us.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe the passion you once had for God is somewhere at the bottom of your night stand drawer along with your Rubik’s cube and cassette tapes. Maybe you find yourself going through the motions of your Christian faith without enthusiasm or pleasure.
Do you know what I’ve discovered? When the Good News becomes old news, it loses its power in our lives. The Gospel becomes familiar to us, and we forget its greatness. When that happens, we miss out on so much that God has to offer – directions He wants to give us, opportunities He provides, joy and purpose, and fulfillment that only He can create.
Do you remember when you first heard that God loved you? Do you remember how you felt? Do you still have that level of passion? Maybe you’ve never thought about the Gift. Trust me, there’s no better present you could get this year than a relationship with God, and there are hundreds of fantastic churches all over our county that will help you discover just how good the Gospel really is.
This Christmas season, let’s not spin our wheels chasing the latest fad. Instead, let’s take a fresh look at the gift God gave us through His Son, Jesus. It’s the only one that really matters. Merry Christmas!