God’s Message: “Heaven’s my throne, earth is my footstool. What sort of house could you build for me? What holiday spot reserve for me? I made all this! I own all this!” God’s Decree. “But there is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say. Isaiah 66
The Heart Of The Gospel Is Change
Jesus came to us and the destiny of everyone in this world was instantly and purposefully changed when the Word of God was born on earth. God came in the flesh. He came to us to save us, to take our place and die our death for us. God took on our flesh that He might experience everything about our lives because He wanted to be able to relate to us in commonality like no other would ever care to do. We in our human condition would have never chosen such a vulnerable position of meekness. Power under control. This is the position every servant warrior of God learns to be in. I hope this Christmas, for every God servant to know and understand the part meekness played in that first Christmas Day.
“Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us.” Author~Andrew Murray
Christmas Began With Meekness
Christmas began with a miraculous meekness where infinite put itself into the hands of finite, trusting in the powerful God purposes that were unseen, working toward a good that could never be reversed. Meekness ushered in the greatest change that this world would ever know. The heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ is change and meekness is an agent of our destiny change. Jesus came in a not so powerful way. He laid down His kingly rights and came to us as a baby born in a lowly manger. Meekness is a powerful agent of change. Meekness ushered in the greatest, most powerful change that humanity has ever known or will know. Meekness is a necessary characteristic trait of every servant of God.
Our Human Condition
Never in any time of history have we seen the traits of the enemy so reflected out of our human nature. Our human condition this Christmas Season, in this generation, is slathered with pretentious, ostentatious, showy, exaggerated, hollow, pompous and totally fake holiday cheer. We trample each other to death to get to a “Christmas” sale of an object that will fade away with time. We decorate and light up our homes and lives with holiday stuff, when the real light within us, the eternal light is dim and in some cases totally out. This is our holiday season and we as God’s servants feel the full weight of the hustle and bustle of this season.
The Meekness Of Our Christmas Savior
The most incredible thing that the Meekness of our Christmas Savior purposefully ushered into our world was responsibility. Jesus came to take responsibility for sin that had left this world lame, separated and broken apart from the Father God. We all can see it in our society so clearly how no one takes responsibility for anything that they have done. What happened to taking responsibility for what you have done? We blame everything, anything and everyone for what we ourselves need to take responsibility for. It is a BE Lame society desperately in need of a reminder of what the Christmas Savior did for this world.
Bowing To The Power Of Self
We have deceptively and foolishly bowed to the power of self, in fact in our society we are quickly coming to the place where we are trying to write new laws to try to make this so, to enforce the lie that there is no power that is higher than one’s self. Jesus came to us, to take responsibility for our original sin, sin that kind of even looks like the fore mentioned human foolishness going on in our world today. Jesus died our death and this eradicated our lameness. Jesus’ self-effacement as He quietly, willessly, humbly and meekly with His power under control came to us as a baby, to be among us, to experience our humanity first hand in order to take away our lameness, to heal us forever of being lame.
Laying Down The Right To Be Right
The enemy came to steal, kill and destroy. He came to make us lame. He uses the tactic of blame to keep us in bondage to lying deception that will eventually destroy our ability to be whole, leaving us dependently lame, in dependence upon deceit that will kill, steal and destroy us. Is there anything in our media today that is truth? Or is it all lame? There is never a time like there is now where we need to be reminded of the meekness of our Christmas Savior and the power that ensued out of this laying down of His right to be perfect and right and taking on our imperfect and wrong humanity in order to save the world for all eternity.
“Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else a man cannot keep up dignity. In gluttony there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking; ’tis not the eating, and ’tis not the drinking that must be blamed, but the excess. So in pride.” Author~John Selden
What Does Meekness Look Like?
Meekness has no form of pretentious characteristic in it at all. Jesus came to us and He came as a tiny, vulnerable baby Who was not welcome in any home, therefore was born in a little manager among the hay and the animals. There was no pompous entrance for our King of heaven, He came discreetly and quietly ushered in God’s purposes into play in our world. There was no flashy light show or portentous announcement to all the dignities and royalty of the world announcing His coming. No. Nothing like that happened. He came humbly with meekness to this world to take responsibility for sin, to take the blame so we no longer would be lame. God announced to those in the most lowly of positions, not those in the grandeur palaces, but those out casted from society, the Shepherds watching their sheep.
“We are hopeful because we live on “this side” of the cross – we know that the light of Christ will never fail to drive out all sin and darkness. Yet we still must learn to be people who wait, trusting God to continue his work of transformation in our world and in each of our lives.” Author~Boyd Bailey
Is Your Flesh Selfishly Self-Driven?
Where has the rejoicing gone? Where has the mention of our miraculous Merry Christmas gone? Where are the true Christmas celebrations? Where is the humble and powerful glory glow of God? There are many holiday lights being shone in our society, which do we follow and where does it lead us? In our culture in times such as these, there is in play rudeness, selfishness, and a lack of respect that has trumped civility. We are not accountable to God, we are self-driven selfish people, motivated by disrespect for all things that do not raise us up in position and authority. We cling to our right to be right and we support it by blaming others for things we are responsible for and should be accountable to being part of the solution to.
“There are those who can venture far into the world and yet everywhere be true to their Savior; they are known as Christians wherever they appear, and people respect their position; they would not go anywhere if they knew that their mouths were to be stopped on the subjects lying nearest their hearts; the energy of Christ in them is so glowing and victorious a force that they mold the society in which they are, instead of being molded by it.” Author~James Stalker
Where Has The Respect Gone?
There is an increasing lack of respect that feeds a growing gap between responsible, accountable behaviors. As a nation and as people in all walks of life, we blame and we consequently are lame. We have returned to the very bondage Jesus came to earth to set us free from. Meekness, humility and truth are whitewashed character traits and they have been exchanged for pride, lies and arrogance. All of us in this generation have felt the negative effects of this exchange of truth for lies, goodness for evil. Where is the fullness of truth? Do we even know how to speak truth anymore? Do we even know what it means to take responsibility for our actions?
“The meek are not those who are never at all angry, for such are insensible; but those who, feeling anger, control it, and are angry only when they ought to be. Meekness excludes revenge, irritability, morbid sensitiveness, but not self-defence, or a quiet and steady maintenance of right.” – Theophylact
Tradition Or Miraculous Merry?
God is calling us back to many of the things our Christmas Savior came to usher into our world. God is calling us back to meekness, responsibility and truth. Is your “holiday meter” on full tilt? Has the hustle and bustle of this season wiped out the manger scene and all the miraculous merrily so of Christmas? Take a moment to stop and listen to the Savior and see the truth of Christmas. It is not an ostentatious display of holiday traditions that do not add eternal value to others. It is about the meekness of our King, coming to us to take responsibility for sin He never had a part of, but out of accountability to His Father God, Our Christmas Savior came to deliver the world out of its lame state and make us eternally whole again. Is the platform of our Christmas Season built out of pretentious, ostentatious, prideful, self-assertive, hollow, pompous, showy, fake, brazen, flamboyant traditions? Tear it down. Will you be the ONE to lay your life at the manager of Jesus? Will you be accountable to Him? Will you take responsibility for His truth and life to be in you and shine through you? Will you be the one?
“He came the first time to die; He is coming again to raise the dead. When He came the first time, they questioned whether He was King; the next time the world will know that He is King of kings and Lord of lords. The first time He wore a crown of thorns; the next time He will be wearing a crown of glory. The first time He came in poverty; the next time He is coming in power. The first time He had an escort of angels; the next time He will come with ten thousands of His saints. The first time He came in meekness; He is coming again in majesty.” Author~Adrian Rogers
Glory Glow Illuminates Jesus In Us
This Christmas, may God be a light in us that illuminates Him and His Kingdom, may it be out of our meekness that His glory glows out of us. May we humbly be the candle in the darkness that powerfully shatters the dark with the light of God. May people see nothing of us and the all of the Christmas Savior as we glow as His light in this very dark world. Through our lives, may others be ushered into the manager and may they see Jesus and experience the heart of His gospel which is a forever change of their destiny from death to life.
The Proof, The Proven, The Prover
This Christmas be humble in your relating to others. Speak the truth in love. Unobtrusiveness ushers in what is right as you cling to truth in quietness and strength. Be gentle as a new born baby full of innocence and light in that unpretentious kind of way that the strength of meekness has. Stand on the side of Jesus manager, stand on the side of His truth. Truth is never ushered in by arrogance, where there is arrogance there is deceit. Jesus, the Light and fullness of truth came to us humbly and purposefully motivated by the Love of the Father God. Christmas does not have to be proved, it must be lived in the spirit that it was ushered into our world with. God is the Proof, Jesus is the Proven, The Holy Spirit is the Prover. We are to humbly take responsibility for the Christmas Savior we have been gifted with. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone, we just have to meekly live out of the Light of The Proof, The Proven, The Prover and be accountable to our Triune God, taking responsibility to stay in a vital-vertical relationship with them, so our lives reflects their glory, we shine with their Glory Glow.
Christmas, Who Is It About?
Christmas is NOT about us, the way our human condition has culturally developed it to be so. Christmas is about the heart of God, humbly reaching for us in the fullness of His Mercy that was first ushered into this world by His Son, Jesus, Who meekly came to us, to be born of our flesh with the purpose of taking away the lameness sin had left us with by offering Himself, by dying our death and taking the blame for what we did. Christmas is all about being meekly responsible to the call of God to the purpose of reconciling mankind to its creator. Are you all about the humble responsibility of Christmas of being found wholly-holy in the presence of Jesus and the Light of His Truth? Or are you all into the lame holiday cheer of self-gratifying ostentatiousness of pretentious present gathering? Selah. As for me, I need to do a cultural “flesh out” a spiritual “Truth In”.
How do I, a Christian at Christmas, go into a holiday culture such as this one? Well in the light and truth of this amazing Christmas Legacy left for me, the revelation for my life to follow is the footstep God has shone the light on, and I joyfully step out on a foundation of His Truth:
Self-effacement goes humbly therefore in unobtrusive ways, quietly brings a gentle and peaceable wisdom devoid of the right to be right, meekly and unpretentiously being a God glory glow that points the way to baby Jesus, the Savior of the world, lying in a manger, arms open eternally wide to all.
Rejoice Humbly, Meekly With Great JOY And Your Life Will Glow God’s Glory!
I hope you enjoyed this meal at the Servant Table in the Bridegroom’s Café. Servant Warriors, it is time for us to be God’s Light in this dark world, to shine, to glow God’s Glory as Jesus did when He came to us, meekly, humbly, lowly, born in a manager. We must open up our hearts to God’s preparation, so He can shape in us His characteristics, fleshing out all things us and putting truth in our spirits so we can endure and bring Him great honor. I highly encourage you to get a copy of The Bridegroom’s Voice and take this journey with God, be fleshed out, prepared by His powerful truth so you may endure and bring God glory in times such as these. Merry Christmas. God bless you MUCH, KimberlyMac