What is your most favorite Christmas gift you ever received? What is the one thing you want for Christmas this year? Did you ever stop to wonder if God wants anything for Christmas?
Generally, we have two Christmas lists. The first one is the list of things we want for Christmas. The second is what we are getting for others.
Last week we talked about the hope of Advent and allowing that hope to turn our Advent season upside down. Another way to turn your Advent upside down is to ask God what He wants for Christmas.
As I prepared to write this post, I did just that. All week I have been praying a simple prayer, “God, what do you want for Christmas?”
This is what I learned; God only wants one thing for Christmas, and it weaves itself like a ribbon all through Advent. What is it? It is simple and challenging at the same time. It can be stated in two words: Adore Him!
Made To Worship
We are made to worship. It is hard wired into our circuitry. It’s a fact that if we are not worshiping God, we are worshiping something else.
What alter are you worshiping at? The altar of success, money, perfection, admiration? Or is your altar Facebook or TV or _______ (fill in the blank)?
The irony of these other things is that they are not necessarily bad things. But when they take our focus away from Jesus, that’s a problem. They become idols.
On Bended Knee
So what is the answer? How do we break free of the idols that block us from truly worshiping the one we were created to worship?
Tim Keller says, “The only way to overcome idols in your life is to see that Jesus gives you freely what every other god says that you can only get through your performance. Jesus gives you through His blood what every other god demands through yours.”
True worship (bringing God pleasure) happens when you give yourself completely to Him. When you offer yourself to God that is worship.
That is the gift He wants, a bended knee that is in awe of Him. When we surrender our idols to Him, we receive the gift of acceptance. That gift empowers us to live life to the fullest. Think about that for a minute. As we give Him the gift of worship and adoration, He is giving back to us. A gift beyond what we can fathom!
Come Let Us Adore Him
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker”. – Psalm 95:6
Come away for a moment. Listen to the whispers of Advent. For just a moment be still, let everything go. Kneel and behold Him. Worship and Adore Him.
Listen to this song by Chris Tomlin. Let the words and melody flood your soul as you kneel before the Lord in adoration.
What is one thing you can do today to loosen the grip of idols in your life?