December 19

 

Luke 2:4-7 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

 

Jesus was born in a stable - probably a cave. He was wrapped in strips of cloth and then laid in a cattle trough… a manger.

 

This is not how you’d expect the King of Kings to be born. You’d expect a parade and a light show and a giant dance party in a palace! But instead, Jesus came in humility. He did not force Himself on the world; He did not make anyone believe. He did not try to twist anyone’s arm. He showed up humbly, quietly, and simply.

 

Sometimes it is good to remember Jesus wasn’t trying to impress anyone when He showed up. As Christians, maybe it’s time we stop trying so hard to impress others. God will accomplish what He wants to through us. We don’t need to try to force our way into situations. God is on our side. He will open doors for us. We can be humble and don’t need to brag on ourselves. Part of faith is resting in the truths that God is in control, He will take good care of us, and He will accomplish what He wants without us stressing out and pushing our own agendas.

 

Christmas reminds us we can be quiet, simple, and humble. God will take care of us and get us to our destiny.

 

What is one area of your life into which you have been trying too hard to force your way? It’s time to rest and trust Jesus. Write the area down, and tell God you are going to trust His timing and effort and stop working so hard on yourself.



-An excerpt from See Christ This Christmas by Pastor Eric Dykstra of The Crossing Church