Usually the most important things in life that have the highest value are not understood or properly appreciated without spending time thinking about what they mean. After the angel told Mary what God was going to do through her, then her visit with Elizabeth, the birth of John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus in such humble circumstances, the shepherds and angels appearing, Luke says that “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19). This took time.
As I said yesterday, the “thief” wants to steal our time with busyness, particularly at this time of year, to the point that we have no time to “ponder” what has the highest value. Over the years I have come to prize my time alone with the Lord more than sleep, food or anything else. Jesus is my treasure! Time with Him results in treasuring more and more His person and His truth.
Why not begin a new habit or tradition with yourself, your family and friends by taking time this Christmas to “ponder…in [your] heart” the wonder that God came to us in humble human form that we might have an eternal relationship with God, free from sin or condemnation. If you have children, teach them to “treasure up all these things” that speak of the glories of Christ. They will learn to “treasure” what you “treasure”.
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