Christmas Devotionals – 12/12

By Kristyn Premuda
Philippians 2:4-11

Checklists are my friend.  I love knowing exactly what I need to do or how to do it.  Christmas is a season for lots of lists.  Lists of things to do and buy and lists of ways we can serve someone.  It seems like Christmastime brings out the serving and caring nature of people.  It’s so easy to find a way to give to those in need or find a family who could use an extra hand.  Even as parents we preach to our kids (with a raised eyebrow hoping to create more impact) that “Christmas is about giving and not receiving.”

It’s easy for me to get caught up in it all.  I love to give.  It brings me joy.  BUT, do I just want to mark something off my checklist or does it come from a heart compelled by love for others?  Do I have a heart like Jesus?  Oh, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to do extra at Christmas… but what about in July when things in life get really crazy and hectic?  Am I just as motivated on those days?

Paul says that our attitude should be the same as that of Jesus.  The love in His heart was so great for us, that Jesus put our greatest need above all else and showed us the single greatest act of giving by paying for our debt on the cross.  Jesus embodies humility and not just on certain occasions.  It’s at the core of who He is.  God sent His only son to die on the cross for our sins because He knows that we are lost without Him.  And He raised Jesus up to bring life and love to those in desperate need of a Savior.

So what would my life look like if I realized that I am the one in need?  What would it look like if I realized that what was compelling me to serve and give was a heart changed by my Savior’s love and wanting to become more like Him each and every day?  And what if that wasn’t just at Christmas and not just based on a checklist?
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for son, Jesus, who became a servant because He knew just how great our need was.  And may my deepest desire be to pour into others, not just at Christmas but every single day.