Sometimes I find it frustrating that in the secular world the Christmas season begins before Thanksgiving and the emphasis is all on buying gifts. We live in a very material world where there is always something bigger and better around the corner that we “must have.”
But let’s think about the real reason for the season – Jesus – and His rejection of possessions. He was born in a stable and laid in a manger that didn’t belong to his parents. When He began his ministry, He relied on the kindness of others to provide for Him and took no possessions with Him. He preached from a boat that didn’t belong to Him but to His disciples. The Last Supper took place in a room that was borrowed from a friend. Even the tomb He was laid in after His crucifixion did not belong to Him.
Clearly Jesus put no emphasis on physical possessions. In fact, Jesus told a rich young man that the sure way to salvation was to give away all he had and come follow Him. This rich young man turned away saddened because it was too hard to give away his possessions. The things of this world will fade away, but the things of heaven will be eternal.
Where will we spend our time and money this Christmas season? How can we celebrate the season with our children and de-emphasize the focus on gifts?