“All I want for Christmas is …”

If you are like me, this phrase immediately brings to mind a mental picture of an elementary school auditorium jam-packed with delighted parents, grandparents, and family members all snapping photos and waving at their second-grade children on stage as the children sing the remainder of the chorus, “… my two front teeth,” during an annual “Holiday Pageant.”

But, what about you? If I were to ask you to complete this sentence, what would immediately pop into your mind? In the quietness of your own heart, what would you say? What is it that you have been hoping for under the tree? What made it onto your “Santa Wish List” this year? What are you truly desiring this Christmas season?

Sadly, for many, it is material goods or worldly desires. The things pertaining to this life. Fleeting momentary pleasures. “Things that are on the earth” (Colossians 3.2b). However, if you are a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (please see profile for a complete explanation of this term), then you have been called to “set your mind on things that are above” (Colossians 3.2a). So, I would like to challenge you (& me!) to evaluate where you are “setting your mind” this Christmas season. Spend some intentional time in the presence of our great God and search your heart. Ask Him to reveal the things for which your heart is truly longing. Then, hold those things up to the light of His Word and evaluate them. Are these things drawing you closer to our great God or are they pulling your heart (i.e. thoughts, affections, worship, etc.) toward something else? Are you growing deeper in your knowledge and passion for our Savior as a result of these things or is your mind being filled with competing lusts? Are these desires honoring to God or dishonoring?

If you can honestly say that the things you are desiring this year are honoring to God, then praise and glorify Him for such blessings in your life. However, if in your evaluation, you are finding your conscience stricken, then please confess your idolatrous desires before Him as sin. Ask for His forgiveness and His grace to repent (1 John 1.9). Then, go about the business of replacing those sinful lusts with desires that bring glory and honor to His name (i.e. its biblical opposite). As Paul says, “Seek the things that are above” (Colossians 3.1a). Fill your mind with heavenly realities so that there is no room for worldliness in your heart this Christmas season. You will be blessed because God is a rewarder of those who seek Him!

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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