26/11/2014 9:38:30 AM
The Most Wonderful Event
Christmas is coming and we have probably already spend more time preparing our houses than our hearts. I came across this extended quote while I was reading for our current sermon series in Ephesians 1:11-14 and it pushed me to remember which is most important:
"The coming of the Son of God into this world from heaven is always in the Bible a theme for praise and glory and thanksgiving. I ask, therefore, whether that is our response to it. Is that the effect which it has upon us? As human beings we all tend to show our reactions, our enthusiasms. You have but to pass a football ground on a Saturday afternoon, and you will hear people expressing themselves very definitely. The same thing happens when they listen to a play or when they see anything that pleases them. When they read a book that pleases them they must tell someone about it and talk about it. Do we Christian people do the same with respect to the Advent of the Son of God into this world? I sometimes fear that the majority of people who are outside the church today refuse even to listen to the gospel mainly because we have failed to give them the impression that this is the most wonderful event that has happened. We are not singing His praises and magnifying the grace and glory of God as we should. The people are therefore indifferent. In this verse the Apostle reminds us that the entire atmosphere in the Church should be one of praise: ‘To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.’ So let us proceed to discover what it is that calls for this praise and adoration and thanksgiving."
(Taken from: Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1. Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978.)
In a sense, we are wasting our breath talking about Jesus until He takes our breath away. And we are not going to be impressed with all He is unless we spend time gazing at Him. Instead of just feeling like yout 'ought to be better' and then moving on, either take time now or plan a time later today when you can do this. Open one of the gospels at the beginning and see who Christ is and what He came for. Or start with a favorite Christmas carol, looking through the words to remind yourself of why we we sing about Jesus at all. Let's take this month to "proceed to discover what it is that calls for this praise and adoration and thanksgiving" and to respond accordingly.