You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.
Matthew 5:14-15 (NLT)
The kids were putting on the Christmas play. To show the radiance of the new born Savior an electric light bulb was hidden in the manger. All the stage lights were to be turned off so that only the brightness of the manger could be seen, but the boy who controlled the light got confused and turned off all the lights!
It was a tense moment . . . broken only when one of the shepherds said in a loud stage whisper . . . “Hey! You switched off Jesus!”
With all of the bright lights and decorations it is easy to get confused about what is really important this time of year. I know people who spend more time putting up their Christmas tree than they spend with the Christ child. There are folks who spend more on gifts to people they don’t even like than they give to God who gave them himself. It is really easy to switch off Jesus.
To keep from switching off Jesus you just have to do a few simple things. You need to spend some time in worship. Read the Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke like it was the first time you ever heard it. Give someone a gift without expecting anything in return. There are other and maybe even better things you could do, but if you just stop a moment here and there and remember the One who came to bring us God’s love to each of us, you probably won’t switch off Jesus.
Our Gracious Father,
Help us keep our hands off the switch this year. May the light of Jesus shine bright in our lives this year.
In His name, Amen.