Faith can be challenging! Faith is rough when we don’t know how long our faith must sustain us. Faith is even more robust when we struggle to see if we’ve heard from God rightly. Despite these and other challenges, there are some certainties with faith too. Christmas then reminds us that the object of our faith should always be Jesus.
In Luke 2:25-38, we meet Simeon, who received word from
the Holy Spirit that he would not die until the coming Messiah. Today if we
heard someone make that kind of claim, we’d consider such a person arrogant and
pretentious. Yet, Simeon’s proclamation was to confirm the Lord’s coming than
elevate himself. He displayed a show of faith.
This Christmas, there will be a lot of emphasis on
important things. Yet, are these essential things, be they local traditions,
family traditions, new traditions, friends, gifts, etc., yet, how are they
pointing to Jesus? How are they enhancing our faith than self?
If we are honest, for many of us, Jesus is not the object
of our faith enough during Christmas. Yes, we might attend Christmas services,
but we’re too caught up in the culture’s concept of Christmas. That’s not to
say we should avoid cultural traditions, but we should remember that no matter
how great our traditions might be, Jesus is better.
Looking back then to Simeon, why not start a new
tradition. One where – like Simeon – we marvel at God’s faithful plan to ensure
His Son would be born. The Son, who is the promise to all humanity. A birth
that began a chain reaction of wonders from earthy ministry, to Cruxificiton,
to Resurrection, and the birth of His Church.
If, then, God can ensure Simeon’s confidence would be
rewarded due to His faithfulness to the Lord, then let’s start a Christmas
tradition where we faithfully trust God more. A faith that remembers His plan
for us through Jesus every day, no matter our circumstances.
This Christmas, don’t seek to “check off” a
Christmas Eve service as an obligation. No, extend your faith to worship the
birthed Savior with others both in and out of the church. Doing so, I bet
you’ll worship Jesus in more profound and more faithful ways, who again, is
Growing our worship is a great tradition to start during
Christmas. A tradition based on faith in the greatest gift of all, Christ! His
plan would not be thwarted years ago with Simeon or others. Therefore, worship
Him each day because his plan won’t be prevented in your life, especially when
He remains the object of our faith!