Favortie Carols: come adore

O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels!
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2.9-11 NIV

It’s a catchy tune and a chorus I find myself humming or singing at random throughout the year; not just at Christmas.

O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!

My heart smiles at those words…along with:

For You alone are worthy…

And

He will reign forever…

It’s true. He is and He will.

Adoration is a word that we love to use during the Christmas season thanks largely to this classic carol. Sadly, many of us during the Christmas season spend more time thinking about Christ and giving him adoration than other time of the year.

Think about that for a moment.

Christmas and Easter

More people go to church during those two holidays than any other time of the year.

We also tend to find ourselves singing and listening to songs about Jesus more during the Christmas season than another other time of the year…much in the way that Philippians 2 describes.

That breaks my heart.

So many of us do not know what we are missing out on when we give Jesus one season a year.

He deserves to have it all, not just one day a year (or two for some of us).

I’m not going to say that I have it down pat either. I’m human. I fail on a daily basis. He knows it and yet, he doesn’t hold it against me. Instead, he forgives me, showers me with grace and mercy and helps me get back up on my feet (or humbled knees, rather). God doesn’t see my failures when he looks at me and for that, I am humbly grateful.

While it’s great that Christ earns so much of our attention and adoration during the Christmas season, it’s important to remember that we should pay the same amount of attention to Him 12 months a year instead of just one.

Sure, it’s easier to get caught up in all the Christmas hype and spend more time thinking, singing, praying, and adoring Christ during December. It’s also easy to get swept away by the busyness of the new year, focus again on the start of new business revenues, start making plans for the next year and get lost in the hubbub of keeping resolutions, schedules and life in general. Not to mention the material things of this world pulling us this way and that. We are so easily distracted.

In order to have a true relationship him, we must adore and spend time with him daily…not just during Christmas.

My challenge to you is that this year, 2014 and beyond, as you move out of the Christmas season and back into the normalcy of life, strive to find a way to capture the spirit that will enable to you adore Him and grow with Him every day of your life.

Think about it. What things keep you from doing this? What have you put before him on the throne of your life? What would it look like to put him first on a daily basis? What would it look like to adore him every other day of the year? What steps will you take to get there? What choices will you make?

Take a stand for him.

Choose

Choose life.

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