The closer we get to Christmas Day, the more you’ll hear this question:
“Are you ready for Christmas?”
What exactly does this question mean to you?
“Have you finished your shopping?”
“Have you wrapped all your presents?”
“Have you bought all the food you’ll need for that perfect Christmas dinner?”
“Have you finished buying those last-minute stocking stuffers?”
I think these are the thoughts that pop into our head when people ask, “Are you ready for Christmas?”
But deep down in my heart, I’m never comfortable answering this question. If Christmas is truly about the coming of Jesus to save us from our sins, then perhaps the question we should really be asking is this:
Are we ready for Christ?
Are we ready to humbly admit our need for a savior?
Are we ready for Jesus to continue refining the rough places of our ugly flesh?
Are we ready to surrender that one area of our lives that keeps tripping us up?
Are we ready to say yes to Him when our fear compels us to say no?
I’d much rather answer the questions about whether my shopping is done and if my kids’ stockings are ready (they’re not!). It’s easier to smile and say I still have that one last gift to wrap and those last few items to get at Kroger for our Christmas brunch.
But it’s much harder to admit that my flesh is still fighting against selfish pride. Every. Single. Day.
I need a savior every moment of every day!
It’s hard to confess that there are several rough places in my soul needing a gentle touch and smoothing out by the grace of God.
I need Jesus to not only be my redeemer, but my holy refiner!
It’s hard to own up to the fact that I’m fearful of the unknown and what lurks around the corner of the next phase of my life.
I need the peace of Jesus to calm my fears!
Am I ready for Christ?
I’m ready for Him to take all the yucky, ugly, shameful, fearful things in my flesh and make them into something beautiful that only HE can accomplish. Yes, I’m ready. Because my way of doing things–apart from Him–doesn’t usually turn out very well.
On Christmas Day, the gifts will be unwrapped, the stockings will be emptied, and the food will be gobbled up. And just days afterward the tree will come down, the Christmas decorations boxed up and the after-Christmas sales will expire.
Nobody will ask you again until next year, “Are you ready for Christmas?”
But each and every day after Christmas, we must answer this question: Are you ready for Christ?
Ready for Him to interfere with your plans?
Ready for Him to lead you out of your comfort zone?
Ready for Him to take you to the next step of his purpose for you?
So dear friend, I ask you to answer honestly……Are you ready for Christ?
I pray God’s richest blessings upon you and your families. May you have a Merry Christmas! But most importantly, I pray you will embrace Jesus Christ every day of the year.
Blessings to you!