2017-12-26 - Christmas Manners
When my mother was still with us and still had her eyesight, she bought me a lovely book of Christmas art and music, from the Metropolitan Museum. One of my favorite pieces is a medieval illuminated manuscript called The Nativity, in the Belle Heures de Jean, which is a book of hourly prayers to be said by the owner of the book. In The Nativity, a shepherd is pointing to the baby Jesus. If your mother is like mine, she taught you a lot about etiquette, and one of those rules was "don't point your finger at anyone." But in this case, pointing a finger at the Christ Child was an act of evangelism and worship.
And in fact, everything that we say and do should point to Christ,How we treat our family, friends or strangers should point to our Lord. How we use our money and our time should reflect our devotion to Him.
Just as both the Old Testament (See Genesis and Isaiah, for example) point to Christ our Savior, everything that we do with our bodies, in our everyday lives, should be done in worship of Him, as the Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
We can point them to God by sharing what He has done for us.
Matthew 5:18-21 (NASB) As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
I urge you to join me this Christmas, and in the year ahead, in asking God to help us live lives that point others to Christ.
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