Familiar things can easily be taken for granted in our lives. It is easy to forget their worth. This can be true of material things but also of people. We can forget the gift of our spouse, our children, our work colleagues, church family and friends.
The same is true of Christmas. After all it happens every year and we are so familiar with the story. So familiar we can forget the wonder and awe of the miracle of Jesus birth, the miracle of Immanuel – God with us, the amazing story of Christmas. It is so dangerous to forget.We are so familiar with the Christmas story that we can forget the wonder and miracle of it. Click To Tweet
4 Dangers of Forgetting the Christmas Story:
- We forget our desperate need of a Savior.
It is easy to become self-focused and puffed up with pride at our own accomplishments, position, and even our hard work. Our material things can even become a barrier to us remembering why we needed a Savior. We need to be reminded often of what Christ has done for us in saving us from our sins, our mess, our brokenness. And we need to be reminded of the desperate need of others for a Savior. Let us remember every Christmas “unto us a Savior is born who is Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:11). Lead as someone who never forgets the wonder of a Savior.
- We forget the miracle of Jesus’ birth.
So many miracles surround the story of Christmas. Revisit them all. Don’t rush pass the angels visit to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. Don’t rush pass the miracle of the virgin birth of Christ. Fully God and fully man. It is such a miracle that many are still trying to tell a different story but it happened just as scripture tells us. Our God is a God of miracles. A God of wonder. God coming to earth to dwell among man, coming as a baby, born of a virgin, and born in a manger in Bethlehem. Lead as one who is in awe of the miracle of Jesus.
- We grow complacent in our worship and praise.
There is so much worship in the Christmas story. The shepherds, Elizabeth’s worship, Mary’s praise, the angels, the wise men. I love the story of Simeon’s worship. He was an old man and he had been waiting for such a long time for the birth of Jesus. “Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said: Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised. For my eyes have seen Your salvation.” (Luke 2:28-30). Those around you need to see in you a life of worship and praise.
- We forget the gift of great joy and peace that Jesus gave.
A life and a world without Jesus is full of turmoil, stress, fear, uncertainty, strife, division, and misery. The Christmas story reminds us that the Prince of Peace came! Like the angels’ news to the shepherds, we need to be reminded, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Great joy! Everlasting peace! Those around you need to see the great joy and the peace that Christ gives us in how we lead and live. This joy and peace is not built on circumstances but on the truth of Jesus. Let Christmas remind you again of the wonder of these gifts found in Jesus.
Those you lead, those you serve, those in your circle of influence need you to keep the wonder, the miracle, the worship, the joy, and the peace of Jesus every day in your life. More than anything else you give, the gift of your faith lived out will be the most important gift you give this season and throughout your life. Soak up the Christmas story again with childlike wonder and awe and be refreshed anew by the miracle of Jesus.Soak up the Christmas story again with childlike wonder and awe and be refreshed anew by the miracle of Jesus. Click To Tweet
In the Christmas story, what do you need to be reminded of most?
Blessings and Merry Christmas,