You better be good, for goodness’ sake. You’ll get coal in your stocking if you aren’t nice this year. You’d better make this Christmas one to remember, or you could ruin it for everyone. Be worthy: it’s what Christmas is all about.
Except…at Christmas we remember Christ coming. The only one of whom we can say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
He was born in a barn and laid first in a stable. His years of conquering this world involved peaceably healing others while proclaiming God’s truth. He was persecuted for that. The righteous king of all things, He rode into the holy city on a donkey colt’s back. He died on a cross.
Does He sound worthy? Does it sound as though He got what He deserved?
Worth before the Lord is so unlike the value system we have in this world. Not bound up in circumstance, stature, or receiving, worth in the Lord’s kingdom is all about the giving.
The one who is worthy of all praise is the giver of life. He is the giver of eternity and of all good gifts. Through Christ, He is the giver of perfect love and security. There are no quantities to measure when determining worth with the Lord. No gain is earned, but any “gain” is given by the Lord in complete grace.
What a different sort of Christmas it is to live and act as if that which is most worthwhile is giving to the Lord the praise that He is worthy of.
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”
Behold, the gift that gives and through us gives and to us gives that through us He might give.
Behold, the one who has nothing to gain and who gladly gives everything.
Behold, the only one who is truly worthy of all praise!
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