What does Christmas usually look like for you?

Last minute shopping for gifts? stressed over family lunch or dinner? Are the kids going crazy over their presents?

There’s so much happening when Christmas rolls around. But, do you ever wonder why we’re celebrating?

It’s easy to forget with the world so caught up in society’s view of Christmas.

So, how can you get back to what Christmas is really about and celebrate in a way that brings glory to God?

Worship God, Not Things

Jesus proved himself to be wise, teaching his disciples and the masses how to live in accordance with God’s will. Colossians 3:2 states “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”. When we get to caught up in our possessions, we forget we have everything in God.

There is nothing wrong with gifts, it’s exciting and gratifying however, they can take the focus away from Jesus. I’m not saying don’t give gifts, just don’t allow them to take over your Christmas and remember what’s really important.

So remember to take the time to worship God these holidays. Changing the focus of your celebrations can have a huge impact on your experience.

Spend Time With Him

No matter how busy Jesus got, he always found time to be alone and pray.

Prayer allows us to build a relationship with God, and it’s important that we maintain it. Prayer can help us become more like Jesus and it reveals the wisdom of God. Here our prayers are answered and we can find the solutions to our problems.

Be Thankful, Reflect and Practice Gratitude

Jesus showed immense love for his friends and even his enemies. He loved us so much that he was willing to die for us. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And in dying he allowed our sins to be forgiven.

It’s not worth holding grudges or hate toward anyone, so forgive those who have wronged you these holidays and let the weight off your shoulders. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

Spread love this holiday season and remember to tell your loved ones you love them.

Be Selfless

Jesus lead his followers by example. He could have done or had anything he wanted but he chose to serve others instead. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28).

Most of us are blessed to have everything we need and more. But, some people aren’t so fortunate. Try to give back in any way you can – donating, volunteering or even praying for others.

Merry Christmas from the team at Baptist Camping Victoria, we’ll be doing our best to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and we wish you all the best. Find out more about us here.