At the end of every year, we all get busy and excited with Christmas; and associated fun fare.Needless to say not everyone is in the same mood.
For those who the year has dealt a dirty blow or unexpected, they may be busy licking their wounds and oblivious to all the merry fun around them.
End of the year is watershed and opportunity for most of us to reflect.
Many will simply be happy being alive and others may have to set goals for the new year.
Of course, there are some that Christmas or new year is just another day.
Irrespective of your state of mind and attitude to end of the year. The fact is you are not only short one year your lifetime on this planet, but also moving towards end time.
Most of us among the merry making looks forward to “Santa” in all his various forms.
Some purists engage in debate whether December is the actual month of birth of Christ. Does this really matter?
The fact is we choose this period to celebrate birth of Christ, just like you pick a date to celebrate your late loved ones who has passed on.
The meaning of Christmas is far more important than academic exercises about the actual date of birth of Jesus.
Is Christmas all about gifts and merriment? No, it is time to make a commitment to God and what you can do for His Kingdom.
Why not spend this time to pray and ask for direction about His will for your life?
Why not ask God; what can I do for you in 2017? It is not a funny question to ask God what can you do for Him.
How many people have come to Christ through you this year? How many of your colleagues, friends, and relatives you know are going to hell?
What are you going to do about it? It is time for all of us to take soul winning seriously. See Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
Don’t wait until it is too late or some disasters put you down. Statistics showed that about 150,000 die unexpected daily globally. Nearly 105 each minute and 2 each second!
Let’s thank God for the gift of life as you read this, you have another opportunity to make things right.
I recently did morning and evening cry (preaching the good news and inviting people to give their lives to Jesus) at a busy bus stop in Lagos for three days.
It was fun and plan to do it again including visiting places like prison and motherless baby homes.
So I challenge you again in the midst of merriment don’t let us lose focus of what Christmas is about.
And perhaps this is the best time to have sober reflection and examine our relationship with the Father; and make amends as appropriate.
Are you doing his will? See Matthew 12:50 “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
The world will come and go, you and I are on a journey. And the fact of death is indisputable.
Interestingly, most of us buy insurances for unexpected and contribute to pensions for retirement.
What insurance do you have in place for your soul? It is one insurance you are definitely going to need. It is appointed for a man to live once and after death judgment.
Think about what happens when you sleep, it is the closest to death. Every day you wake up is another opportunity to make things right before the final sleep (death).
After that it will just be too late as you have no control when sleep or dream. See Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
My Christmas present to you my reader is to give your life to Jesus and if you are already born again. I say congrats but think about taking someone else with you.
Right now, with genuine heart and sober reflection, confess your sins and ask Jesus to come into your life. Tell him you are sorry about your past and now ready to forsake a life of sins and accept him (or rededicate yourself) as your Lord and savior-it is that simple!
I congratulate you if you have genuinely acted on the above short prayer.
After that find a good bible believing church to worship regularly and grow in Christ. With the Lord on your side, you are always a winner. Merry Christmas to you all and prosperous new year in Christ.