Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Spirit of Christmas

Ephesians 5:17-19

Many people are aware that Jesus Christ came to the earth as a baby and have no problem celebrating "little baby Jesus". Not many would agree that He grew up and died on the cross for our sins and even fewer still would say He rose again on the third day.

One thing everyone seems to acknowledge during this time of year is the Christmas Spirit. As I understand it, the Christmas Spirit is a celebratory state of mind. Most people will decorate with lights, bows, and trees. Hopefully, many more will give to the homeless and the poor, either directly or through a non profit organization of their choice. Christmas is called a season of giving and thus the spirit is one of giving.

While we are in this great mindset of giving and sharing with others, we should remember the Spirit that lives in everyone who has a personal relationship with Christ.

Here in Ephesians, we are informed of God's will. His will is that we not be drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The true Spirit of Christmas is not an idea, good deed, or expression, but God the Holy Spirit who should empower us throughout the year.

Remember, while we all are in the spirit of giving, there is One who gave us the Spirit so we could in turn give to others.

Give the gift of the Holy Spirit by sharing with others why Jesus came as a baby and what He has done in your life.