Love Came Down: Not Just for Christmas
Christmas is such a happy time of year: one where everyone seems full of joy, and we have a brilliant reason to praise God for his amazing sacrifice of sending baby Jesus down to earth. For me, it feels easier to keep God at the centre of my life at Christmas because it is a whole holiday to celebrate the birth of his precious son!
This year has been super busy and full of new challenges in my faith – keeping my priorities straight while stressing about exams and remembering that my future is in God’s safe hands when feeling anxious about what’s to come, to name a few. The thing that’s really been bothering me this year is that I have felt like I am a ‘bad Christian’ for not centring God in my every thought, deed, word – as much as I would love to do this, I found it hard to see how I could. Looking back, I think I the mistake I made was focussing too much on what I was doing, not on the all-powerful, all-knowing God and his amazing grace.
I think that God has made me realise this year that I am completely underestimating the incredible power of the Holy Spirit, who lives inside Christians and helps them grow in faith! We are not alone in anything- God is helping us to walk by faith and not by sight in every step of the way.
My friends know I am utterly obsessed with Christmas, and I think the main reason why I love it so much is that I can truly find peace after a long, hectic and stressful year, in God’s perfect love, demonstrated by sending Jesus down to earth. Of course, it is definitely possible to feel this way all the time, not just at Christmas, but I find that descriptions of God in classic Christmas verses like Isaiah 9:6, of “Prince of Peace” really ground me in and draw me back to the incredible truths of the peace God brings to his children.
As Christmas is such a joyful time of year, I can remember that being a Christian isn’t supposed to feel like a burden, as God has set us free from sin – it isn’t about ticking off a checklist of good deeds, or going to church every week either, but about rejoicing in the unconditional love of God, and the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth is perhaps the best example of this.
Philippians 4:7 is a great verse to pray over for the New Year:
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.
I will be asking God to help me remember that He brings the ultimate peace, and thank Him for the birth of Jesus, which brings us salvation and eternal joy.
Tabby is 16 and is doing her A Levels. She loves Christmas, politics, going to church and music - especially playing the flute. She is excited about the encouragement More Precious is giving to teenage girls.