The Word became flesh and made its dwelling place among us.
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty you might become rich.
He became poor, so that through His poverty we might become rich.
We talk glibly of the “Christmas spirit," rarely meaning more by this than sentimental jollity on a family basis. But what we have said makes it clear that the phrase should in fact carry a tremendous weight of meaning. It ought to mean the reproducing in human lives of the temper of him who for our sakes became poor at the first Christmas. And the Christmas spirit itself ought to be the mark of every Christian all the year round.
The Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor - spending and being spent - to enrich their fellow men ... in whatever way there seems need. If God in mercy revives us, one of the things he will do will be to work more of this spirit in our hearts and lives.
Do you find yourself thinking about these things this Christmas? Have you considered spending and being spent to the glory of God the Father to enrich your fellow man - whether they live in your house, down the street, or on the streets? Or are you so lost in the busyness and confusion of the season, trying to create the perfect holiday while ignoring or mistreating your fellow man (even those under your own roof) and missing the Creator who became flesh, dwelt among us, rescued fallen humanity, and calls us to look not to our own, but the interests of others?
This Christmas, I pray that this Christmas spirit would grip your heart. That the Holy Spirit would move in you to believe and follow with renewed vigor as you contemplate and celebrate the birth of Jesus - the Word become flesh that died on a tree, that we might have new life, even life eternal with our God!
*Come Thou Long Expected Jesus ed. Nancy Guthrie