Keeping Christmas Alive

Steven Laman

READ : Matthew 2:1-12

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then [the Magi] opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. (v. 11 niv)

The dry Christmas tree needles are falling to the carpet, the gifts are all unwrapped, the laughter of guests that once echoed through the house is but a fading memory. The days after Christmas are often a let down.

The days after Christ’s birth were anything but a let down for the Wise Men who were still traveling toward Bethlehem. The fact that Jesus had been born months earlier didn’t stop their caravan. They continued to follow that brilliant star until they bowed before the child Jesus in worship and were able to place their costly gifts at the feet of the new King.

Sadly, many people may only venture to church on Christmas. But Jesus is so much more than a baby in a manger. He is the Savior and constant Companion who deserves our worship and our gifts of love, devotion and service 365 days a year. Worshiping and giving our finest to the Savior all year long is the best way to keep away those after-Christmas blues.

PRAYER

Jesus, give me the desire to worship you by giving my best every day.