As we head toward Christmas day, I just keep feeling drawn to Jesus…I keep thinking that He is enough.
Jesus is enough.
In the midst of all the trees and gifts and social engagements, Jesus is standing there. We proclaim He is the reason for the season. As we head into Christmas week, I am truly trying to tune my heart that way. Keeping Jesus first is intentional. The world will do its best to distract from and distort the message of Jesus.
This devotional is meant to encourage you to fully embrace the Savior this Christmas. Remember this scripture as you head out to celebrate with family and friends.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:6-8
Our lives can be that simple. Staying rooted and built up in Him…strengthened in the faith…overflowing with thankfulness. Thankfulness is a constant theme in scripture. So much freedom comes with and from gratitude. It is a source for us…a place to access peace.
With gratitude and thanksgiving…that’s how we are to enter His courts.
The second portion of the scripture is equally convicting…”See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” These thoughts are the thoughts that I have been training my mind to focus upon. What in my life is based on human tradition and worldly principles, yet has nothing to do with Christ? This is a tough question that leads to the beginning of true change. It’s been so shocking to see how much of my life has been based on what I was told, not what was actually Jesus.
We can’t afford to be lazy Christians. We must be diligent.
God, forgive me for anytime I’ve lost focus on the cross. Draw my eyes to Yours all day, every day. Jesus, be the center. You are my hope. You are my firm foundation. You are all I need. Fill my broken and empty places. Be my friend when I feel like I don’t have a friend. Be my choice when I can’t decide what to do. I place all that I am, and all that I will ever be squarely in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2