Thursday, December 26, 2013

| comfort and joy. |

I saw this little guy on Pinterest; I'm not sure why, but I just liked it.:)

Life gets hectic this time of year.:) Anyone able to relate? I'll be out of town (out of state, actually) for the next couple of weekends, so I thought it might be nice to sit for a minute and just relax for a few minutes. Is there anyone out there who just likes to sit still and think for a few minutes all by themselves?
Well, I do.:)
Christmas is supposed to be a season of comfort and joy, and it most certainly is. Getting together with your friends and laughing and having fun is definitely a good definition of “comfort and joy” and we enjoyed that very much yesterday.
But I just got to thinking how much more “comfort and joy” there will be for believers when Jesus comes back. It’s so easy to get tempted and discouraged right now, watching other Christians you loved and looked up to falling into apostasy, or when things you put a lot of hope and prayer into just don’t work out the way you hoped they would. Yes, things can work out that way, even at Christmas.
But Jesus is coming back someday and will bring complete and perfect joy and peace to His children. What a wonderful thing that is to look forward to!  Just knowing that in spite of how sinful we can be, in spite of how many times we fall, He is always there to pick us back up and comfort us with His love and forgiveness, is such a great measure of “comfort” and “joy.”
 But it is so sad thinking about the millions of people who don’t have that “comfort and joy” in their lives. For them Christmas isn’t much more than whatever they make it into. It doesn’t hold the precious reminder of Christ that it holds for us.

Our family goes caroling for our neighbor families every Christmas, and this year Dad put together a Gospel letter for each of them, explaining the simple Gospel and the sacrifice that Christ put together for them. I have to admit; at first I was a little nervous about that at first, to my shame!  I wondered if they might be colder to us afterwards, especially since I work for one of them, and I wondered if our relationship might be strained after that. But their souls are so much more important than any of that. How can we just enjoy Christmas without spreading the true “comfort and joy” of it with those who don’t know?

I am so grateful for the indescribable “comfort and joy” that Jesus brings into my life! He is there to give it all year long, not merely at Christmas. For those who haven’t been saved by His blood, He wants to save you, too. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.