In our ‘hurry’ world, there is little time to quietly think, ponder and reflect on things that have importance and lasting value – unless you are intentional and make time. We are so much in the habit of rushing through life, filling every minute with work, activities, talking, texting, listening to music, or filling every vacant spot with noise. Let me point you to some people who made the choice when they heard “these things…laid them up in their hearts” and “treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 1:55-56; 2:19, 51).
What time have you taken this week to ponder, treasure and place thoughts in your heart that need deeper, fuller understanding? Those who were present at the birth of Jesus and John the Baptist could not possibly grasp all the implications of what was taking place. Neither can we! In my sixty two years of knowing Jesus as my Savior, I am learning more in these last few years than I have ever learned. That comes from intentionally setting aside time in the Lord’s presence to ponder, think, and prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit for understanding.
With only about three days left before Christmas, will you take time to prayerfully ponder the birth of Jesus and what His coming into human form as a servant means for you. As you gather with family and loved ones on this special day, consider taking a few minutes to share the eternal meaning of God becoming man to bear our sins and die. The story of Christmas does not start and end with Jesus in a manger. It goes on past the cross, the tomb and the resurrection to Jesus returning to God the Father in heaven and sending the Holy Spirit to indwell all who receive the Savior. Still, that is not the end of the story either. “This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11) and Jesus said, “I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3).
THERE IS MORE TO PONDER AND TREASURE! WILL YOU TAKE THE TIME?
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