It seems Bethlehem was busy the night Jesus was born. Many people were traveling for the census, so Joseph and Mary found no traditional lodging. We can identify with that element of the Christmas story. This season often feels overwhelming, busy, and too full.
But in the midst of the mayhem on that starry night long ago, there was also a stillness.
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world…yet the world did not know Him” –John 1:9-10
When the light came in the world, His fanfare only stirred up Shepherds. His welcome party was made up of, at most, animals in a stable. The first throne He reclined in on earth was a manger. His robes were swaddling clothes.
Though for Mary the circumstances may have been a little chaotic, the arrival of the Savior into the world was actually rather quiet for being the birth of the Messiah. Silent, as the hymn goes. Still.
Ironically, while His coming into the world was hushed and humble, we don’t usually hold the least bit still as we celebrate that night.
Instead of an awed and quiet welcome, Christmas tends to usher in Christ in a messy blur.
If we’re honest, quiet contentment during Christmas seems like a lost cause. There’s too much “making the best” and “doing the most” and “picking up” to be satisfied. Life gets loud and raucous- but as much with cheer as with excess and expectations to meet.
Our lives seem to sing:
Our focus easily shifts from 'Glory to God in the highest' to 'a little higher! A little brighter! A little more!' Click To Tweet
One might think, looking in on Christmas celebrations, that every year we’re trying to make Jesus’ arrival a little more exciting, a little louder, a little more….glamorous.
But the Light of the world, who we’re celebrating, doesn’t need to be any brighter. God doesn’t need to be a little more. His glory doesn’t need to be displayed higher. In fact He can’t be- God is wholly glorious.
Glory is a proclamation of intrinsic value. It ascribes sufficiency, divinity, and splendor.
Contentment is a state characterized by inward sufficiency because of Christ and His glory.
As we celebrate Christ’s coming, we don’t need to be any busier or more festive to ascribe value to the sufficiency and wonder of Christ.
We don’t need to lie to ourselves about our mess or put on pretense to glory in contentment in Christ during Christmas.
The Light of the World is coming, and He has come.
We know Him. We’re called to glorify Him and invited to be quietly content in Him…even in December.
As we unroll the wrapping paper, lay another guest’s coat on the bed, and spread out the feasts and treats of this season…
We can throw down our mess as a doormat and welcome Christ to shine gloriously in our hectic hearts and world.
This celebration season, I’m seeking contentment in Christ. Will you join me for the rest of this 5 part series?
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