READ : Matthew 6:19-22
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth. (v. 19)
Maybe you’ve seen the popular Christmas movie about the boy who wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. When he finally gets it, despite many warnings, he manages to almost “shoot his eye out.” Christmas gifts never quite live up to our expectations! Toys break and clothes go out of style, and it isn’t very long before our new things aren’t shiny and new anymore.
Even those of us who have enough stuff and only want to have our families gather for the holiday and share a meal together often have to deal with disappointments. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. Sometimes the expectations we have for our family time aren’t met. We overeat; past resentments somehow surface; other members of the family have different agendas for the holiday. It’s not just Christmas gifts but Christmas Day itself that often doesn’t quite live up to our expectations.
Jesus warns us in the Sermon on the Mount about the fruitlessness of fixing our hearts on temporal things. Everything of this world fades and erodes and can be lost or stolen. “Seek the things that are above, where Christ is,” Paul tells the Colossians (3:1), and we do well to fix our hearts and minds on what’s eternal this Christmas. Paul tells us what these things are in 1 Corinthians 13: “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Let love abide in all of us this Christmas.