#ThinkingTuesday – Change your thinking; Change your life.
Welcome to the month of december!!! The chosen month to celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ. Just to reiterate some updates; the month of december is really special for us at G4J. It is an intense time of prayer and thanksgiving and it is also the month for one of our arms: Birth. So all of the messages will be themed around the birth of Jesus. Enjoy!
This week’s quote comes from the beloved theologian: Frederick Buechner.
It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did.
For millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it.
It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.
In what ways have you become enchanted with Jesus? With the message He preached? Do you have a relationship with God? If you do, surely you must realise that it is all because of Jesus.
If Jesus had never been born, there would exist only one spiritual destination for our eternal souls; a dark and tormenting place where we would be eternally separated from God.
The birth of Jesus made a lot of things possible for believers today that they didn’t have in the old testament. The intimacy we now have, the ability to pray directly to God in the name of Jesus with surety that he hears and will answer us is all made possible because Jesus was born. The removal of the need for High priests since Jesus has become our High Priest etc.
Just think about it, a world without the birth of Jesus is a world that is “always winter…never Christmas.” — C.S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.
Glory to God that we can happily wake up from that nightmare, because 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, the cry of a baby started a shockwave of change that is felt just as strongly today as ever. Jesus, God enfleshed, Emmanuel – God with us.
Has Jesus Christ entered into your world? Has He been truly born into your life? If He hasn’t, your destiny is probably not a pleasant picture by any stretch of imagination.
If Jesus Christ has been born into your world and He has in turn baptized you unto salvation and given you a new birth, how much have you really let Him change your world?
Did you know that Jesus is not only one of the most influential figures in all time; He is also most importantly the centerpiece of your soul?
Rejoice for the centerpiece of your soul lives! There was so much rejoicing when Jesus was born, From Shepherds, to Kings, to Angels…All gave praise and rejoiced at the birth of Jesus. Let’s bring some of that rejoicing into the 21st century.
This december, let the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ set off a chain reaction in your life. Let that chain reaction include praise, thanksgiving and living out The Cause of Christ. Do good, and greater than Jesus did. Let this christmas not be about you but about others. Tell your friends the Good News about Jesus’ because His birth triggered the chain reaction that the earth still feels today, no matter how much the world tries to silence it. The world would not be the same without Jesus, and for worse not better as atheists would suggest.
Never let the ripples from Jesus’ birth come to an end; keep it flowing with thanksgiving, lovingkindness and rejoicing.