In this advent season, when we celebrate the incarnation, let us be careful to not let the sentimentality of the Christmas story hide the mystery of the God of the universe becoming that vulnerable child laying in a manger. That child is the same rock that miraculously provided for the Israelites in the desert, and he is the same rock in whom we can trust today.
Each day in workplaces around the world Christians have an opportunity to be salt and light through the way they accomplish their tasks and interact with those around them. But work is not just a place where we can show our devotion to Christ; it is often part of the world of business, which, when done well, is something that both glorifies God and benefits everyone.
What are we feeding our souls? When I get busy, it can be easy to get into survival mode. I’m treading water to keep my head up and everything that seems non-essential falls to the wayside.
There’s just simply too much life in Jesus for it to be kept within himself. His resurrection was therefore also ours. And, his defeat of death was also ours.
The longer I live, the more aware I am of the world’s need for a savior. News outlets broadcast this year’s madness of ISIS and North Korean Kim Jong-un, the mayhem caused by racial unrest and the thorny task of managing Ebola. Over the course of a lifetime, we have many opportunities to observe injustice, experience loss, and endure illness. It can be overwhelming.
When I slide into my packaged baby Jesus Christmas mindset, I am foolishly forgetting that Jesus is the Word, and the Word is God, and the Word is present in the beginning and always.