Are You Ready For Christmas?

“…any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33 NIV)

The streets are busy, the malls are full, and everyone is making plans. The most common question people ask this season is: "Are you ready for Christmas?"

How do we respond? Are we truly ready for Christmas?

For those of us who love the Lord and truly celebrate Him during this season, this simple question is an open door to share the good news of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It may not be "politically correct" but it certainly is spiritually pertinent—not to some, not only to Christians, but to all mankind.

How ready are we to celebrate the birth of Jesus; how would Jesus have us celebrate His birth?

We’ve all commented about the commercialism of Christmas and how it’s gotten way out of hand. Many people nearly bankrupt themselves each year in order to provide gifts and host parties and such during the holiday season. But is it what the Lord really wants? It seems to me when we celebrate someone’s birthday, we should design the celebration to please the One whose birthday we celebrate. Consider for a moment what would be the best gift we could possibly give Him?

There’s a song I remember from my childhood that seems to answer this question in a simple yet profound way:

What Can I Give Him?
By Christina Rossetti

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part,
But, what can I give Him?
Give Him my Heart.

The essence of the simple song captures the heart of Christ, not only at Christmas but throughout the year. Give Him what He wants most–the hearts of all mankind. And, the next time someone asks, "Are you ready for Christmas?" share with them that you have already given Him the gift He longs for most—a surrendered heart.

Prayer:  Father, I pray our celebration be one that reflects the gift that is most pleasing to the One whose birth we celebrate…a surrendered heart.  In Jesus name, amen!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jan Ross lives in Willard, OH, with her husband, Ron; they have six adult children and twelve incredible grandchildren.  Jan is an ordained minister and missionary with Heart of God International Ministries (www.heartofgodinternational.com).  She enjoys teaching and writing Bible Studies and teaching piano.  Jan continuously experiences God’s strength being made perfect in her weakness from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis and other chronic conditions.  Feel free to contact Jan at jan@janross.org.