This time of year we are often turned towards the life and love of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas season is always a time of family, food, and fun. More then likely we will all hear messages of buy this and buy that. Even more then that there is the messages about how important Jesus Christ is. Now not to discount His importance because Jesus is the reason for the season. But we hear these messages and I think all of us on some level or another will begin to tune them out or only listen to that which we want to hear. With all this noise and conflict what is a person to do. How do we know what the Spirit of Christmas is and more importantly how do we get it?
Christmas is not about boxes and bags or packages and ribbon. It is more then that. It is more then a celebration of a Great Mans birth into humble circumstances. It is more then all that. Christmas is about the birth of the Son of God! The Savior of the world! It is about the “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10) brought by angels to simple shepherds. The news that made Nephi exclaim “I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.” (2 Nephi 33:6).
Jesus once said “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another” (John 13:34). The Spirit of Christmas is the Spirit of Christ. It is the Spirit of love, of service, of compassion. It is manifest in simple acts of service as we go “about doing good” (Acts 10:38). It is the way we serve others. So what better way then to show our love for Him then to serve those around us. Jesus Christ’s messages has always been about serving others. The glad tidings are meant to be shared. They are meant to be shown.
So the reason for the season is Christ the Spirit of Christmas is His. Now what are we to do? Go and do what Jesus did. Love and serve. Chances are you wont save someones life or change the world tomorrow. But if you do show someone love you will know why He came. You will know why He mattered. You will know Him.
“And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?” (Alma 26:2). This question posed by a missionary named Ammon over 2000 years ago is still a relevant question today. Think about it how much has God truly blessed us with can we really named and list all the things that have been given? Or would it be easier to make a list of the things that are ours? It would be much, much shorter. Why though have we been given so much? Why does God continuously bless us regardless of our relationship with Him or our state in life? Why does He always give?” Simply put we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16).
God shows His love by all that He does for us. Also most importantly by what He gave us. Jesus Christ. But the question remains how can we show our gratitude for what is an impossibly long list of items? One wise king said this.
” I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another— I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your ownwill, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants. And behold, all that herequires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.” (Mosiah 2:19-22)
Or as Jesus Christ simply stated “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). We show our gratitude and love by simply doing the things He asks. He has already given His Son all we need to do is accept the gift by trying a little harder then we did yesterday. That is how we show gratitude by accepting and treasuring that which He gave us.
God shows His love in the blessings He has given us. We show our love by keeping His commandments and in gratefully accepting that which He has given. Therefore “Offer unto God thanksgiving” (Pslams 50:14) and follow your Savior Jesus Christ.