The Devil is in the Distractions

Christmas is a wonderful time of year with the traditions, the music, the excitement, the special programs, etc. On the other hand, the gifts, the cards, the expenses, the activities, the last minute responsibilities can leave us exhausted. We usually manage to enjoy this special time of year and, hopefully, rest and recover. However, in the midst of all this, there is a danger! Do we lose sight of  the significance of the celebration? Is the cradle buried in the details and duties of this time of year? Or is the mission overlooked when we focus on the manger? It doesn’t much matter to Satan if we focus on the manger, as long as we don’t think on the reason that Jesus was born. It doesn’t matter to him, if we are too busy and tired to think much about any of it. Anything that distracts us from thinking about the Cross will serve his purposes. Does the cradle overshadow the cross? The cradle was necessary and a truly momentous event and should be celebrated. We make a serous mistake, if we don’t extend our thoughts and meditations to include the Cross and the eternal choice it makes possible. This is that from which the devil tries to distract us! D. W. Whittle likely had this in mind when he penned the words of, “Have You Any Room for Jesus?” He wrote: “Room for pleasure, room for business; but for Christ, the Crucified, not a place that He can enter, in the heart for which He died?” This applies to those who have never received Jesus as Savior and Lord and it speaks of the danger to those who have lost sight of Him, in the hustle and bustle of daily living. Selah! And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins!” Think this through and focus on what matters most!

Have a CHRIST-centered and joyous Christmas!  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com.

 

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One thought on “The Devil is in the Distractions

  1. Another masterpiece, Ron. We had a nice Christmas beginning by church at 10 am that was very special and then lunch and gift exchange at our daughter’s house. Thanks for this post.

    God bless,

    Dallas

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