Well we are approaching the holiday seasons again. Every year I hear people say what they should have done, or would have likes to have done. This is EARLY enough to get a start on things. I want to encourage everyone to start planning now as to how they should spend the holidays.
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the (golden) calf and announced, "tomorrow there will be a festival to the lord." So the next day the people rose up early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry
Take time now to plan what your holiday will be like before we fall into the trap Aaron found himself in. I speaking of the WHOLE season from Thanksgiving through Easter. Thanksgiving may not be a biblical holiday; but I find it more Godly than the other holidays. In years past I have put my Ideas forth about the holidays; why not start now asking how God would have YOU spend time with and for HIM.
Begin with Thanksgiving. Is it just a day to remember the good things God had given you. How could you really show God your thanks. Some of you are thinking about a dinner for the needy. START NOW or you may find it too late again this year. Don't let me tell you what to do because no two people are the same. There is nothing wrong with a big family meal, but consider: is anyway you can make Jesus the guest of honor. Wouldn't you be disgraced if Jesus showed up at the door and you had no plate for him?
Christmas and Easter are "Christian" holidays for most. Putting all doctrinal excuses aside, are you celebrating them with Jesus, or in his name? This could be the reason things get out of hand. I must admit in past couple of years I have been guilty of not putting Jesus in the center of the holiday. It is so easy to get caught up in all the commotion and fitting Jesus in the cracks that are left. A friend once said my honesty scared him. This is the ONLY way I will grow. Think about it yourself. Just because I confess to Jesus the world doesn't require you to. Your walk may be different than mine. But you SHOULD give it some thought and maybe even talk it over with Jesus.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
To really do something in the name of the Lord is to give him all the glory and honor, none for self or man.
Speaking of giving ALL the glory to Jesus, How should you bring in the New Year.
Friends, don't feel like I am pointing the finger at you, often I find following my own beliefs are hard, at the least, and seem at times impossible. I am bringing these things out because we as Christians should come out and be separate from the world
2 Cor. 6:17
"Therefore, come out from them and be separate," says the Lord.
Ok I haven't said what to do, no rules or regulations. What am I driving at. It this; Start thinking NOW about what is right for you. Be sure that what ever you do reflects Jesus. The world celebrates these days also. What makes you different. Jesus may have his brand on me; the question is do I have my eyes fixed on him. Pray about it. That is one way we are different than the world; they think, we pray.