The True Meaning of Christmas – Day 4

A season of joy and peace.

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
-Luke 2:10-11

Christmas is naturally a season full of joy. For some of us. For many, it is a season of stress. Our society has turned Christmas into something it was never meant to be. It has become all about the presents, the parties, the obligations. Instead of slowing down and reflecting on the reason we celebrate, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, we dive head first into chaos.

I’m reminded of the story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, in Luke 10:38-42. While not exactly a Christmas story, it correlates perfectly with the point I’m trying to make. When Jesus decided to visit their home, they were beyond thrilled. I know if Jesus randomly showed up at my house, I’d be freaking out (just a little).

Of course, Martha did what most of us would probably do – rush around making sure everything is just right. Get some tea going, warm up some bread, start making dinner… “Oh, is that dust on the mantle? Nothing but the best for my Lord.”

Meanwhile, Martha looked over at Mary, the slacker. Here, Martha was running around being the perfect hostess, and Mary was over there just hanging out with Jesus! Really, Mary?

She couldn’t take it any longer, she had to say something. After all, it wasn’t fair that Mary was just sitting there while she did ALL the work. So, having had enough, she felt compelled to say to Jesus, “Tell her to come and help me.”

She wasn’t quite expecting the response that Jesus gave her. He said, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (v.41-42)

I can only imagine the silence and awkwardness that must’ve filled the room in that moment. But Jesus said it, so Martha couldn’t deny the truth of the situation. Jesus would much rather Martha come sit and hang with him than watch her rush around in flurry of activity. Likewise, rather than making sure we check off every item on our Christmas bucket list, God would rather we slow down and just spend time with him.  

We have the opportunity to choose stress and chaos OR joy and peace. We have the opportunity to check off everything on our to-do list over the next few weeks OR worship our Lord, Jesus, and just bask in his love.

The warmth that the Christmas season brings is what I choose to focus on. I choose to not get caught up in the chaos of making it to all the parties, or throwing the perfect party; of making sure I don’t forget to get anyone a gift, but to just put my focus on the ones closest to me. This is a time of year that we should slow down, reflect on what God has done for us, and what he continues to do for us.

This Christmas season, will you be a Mary or a Martha?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
-Romans 15:13

I will be writing each day leading up to Christmas about the true meaning of this season. Don’t miss a single post, click the link(s) below to read the other days:

Day 1 – A season of rejoicing and reflection.
Day 2 – A season of giving and receiving.
Day 3 – A season of expectation and anticipation.

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