As I pack up Christmas and put it away until next year, I hope it’s only the decorations that disappear. I hope my heart and mind can keep thinking about this baby that changed everything.
Many years I try to push the baby talk away. It’s not about the baby, I try to tell myself, but the fact that God came to be a savior and to die as a man. If we focus on the baby, we’re missing the whole point of the bigger story.
Or so I thought.
This year, I could not escape the baby. How God came as a baby. How it’s such a strange thing. The God of the entire universe put on the flesh of a helpless baby.
We sang Hark the Herald at the Christmas Eve service at our church, and during the third verse I noticed the words:
Mild he lays his glory by …
Our pastor later highlighted those same words as he spoke before we took communion. I chuckled to myself. OK, I’m listening, God. You have my attention.
Really, it’s been a theme for several months. Our small group was going through a marriage study that highlighted these verses:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Jesus gave up His rights, His glory, His whole life. I wonder if I will ever understand. I’m an American, you know. We fight for our rights, freedoms and choices. Don’t take away my freedom to choose what I think is right! Yet, that’s exactly what God has done for me. He made a choice. He chose to give up His rights.
As I pack up my Christmas decorations, I need to pack up myself, my rights, my way of seeing the world. I need to remember the baby.
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