We throw around the word “messenger” like it’s going out of style here at The Christmas Angel. Angels are messengers, we are chief messengers here at Heartbox (our company name), you are chief messengers in your home, there are 25 Days of Messages and the list goes on and on.
However, when we get down to it, the only “message” that matters is the “gospel” message. Everything else is just a second thought or the “icing on the cake”. The meat of it is “who” we are doing this for, and why we are doing it. WHAT does our life reflect? WHO does our life reflect? And when it comes to Christmas, what does our season reflect?
The gospel is so easy…. but for some reason we ALL have a tendency to look over the gospel in our lives, especially during certain seasons. Here are a few reasons I think why:
1. The Gospel isn’t about us. WHAT??? I know, crazy huh? The world doesn’t revolve around us, or our kids, or our finances, or even our talents. Those things are all for Him!
Who is “HE”? He is a God that graciously-even though we are sinners-sent His son Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, to die a gruesome death for our righteousness, that through Him we are made “right” with God. I ask my kids “where does God live” and they say heaven! Then I ask them “what is not allowed in heaven?” And they say SIN! Well, if we are sinners, we need someone to save us and make us pure and free of sin, AND the only person that can do that is Jesus.
2. We fail to understand what grace truly is. For me, I had to fall flat on my face before my heavenly father to understand grace. Unfortunately BUT fortunately, grace came tough to me. Through my choices of choosing me, me, me, I found myself alone, hopeless….But ahhhh through His grace, for some reason (and it still doesn’t make since to me), He called me back into his arms. I will never forget the day. I remember exactly where I was when He said to me “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” THAT is the love (grace) that God has for us! And that is why it should be the same love we have for others. Unfortunately by nature, we are judgmental and unloving people if we are quite honest with ourselves. Graciously through the gospel, we understand the grace that has been given to us and we therefore show grace to others.
3. We don’t focus on where our hope comes from. Our hope is in the Lord! No that isn’t a cliche, it’s truth! Again, because we are flesh, we start looking at what we can do and lose focus instead of focusing on where our hope comes from. We are failures, humans are failures.
My dad has to be the greatest man that I have ever known. I still feel like I am 8 years old when I am around him and I love him dearly. But guess what! He will fail me. Why? Because he is human. If we keep putting our hope in people, money, our jobs or our talents, we will be disappointed eventually. True hope only comes from the one that conquered death. And that one is Jesus! It is like He said, “You can put me on a cross and even put me in the ground, BUT I will have victory over death!” And this is where our hope comes from with eternal life with Him.
He will not ever leave me or you, even through the things that we have done, and unfortunately continually do. His love is unconditional. He hasn’t made a promise yet, that he hasn’t kept! His love is soooo wide. His love is soooo deep. Do you know of HIS love? Have you experienced HIS love? I invite you to today.