The title of this post is “Keeping Christ” for good reason. I don’t want to keep him just in Christmas, but all year long. How do we do that? What does that even look like?
It seems easy, but it isn’t.
We need to have him present in our everyday life, not just seasonally.
Keeping Christ is more about how you live your life than the things you say. You can say that you love Jesus; that you’re a Christian, but if you don’t live it, those words mean very little.
Keeping Christ in your life means revealing the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in you on a daily basis, not just once a year. It would be impossible to do that once a year. Think about it. How would you become like Christ if you don’t spend time with him?
It’s through those actions that we are able to reveal Christ to others.
How does one maintain a relationship with a person you can’t physically see? What does that look like?
- Give God one very special gift from you to him – it must be something personal; no one else needs to know about it and these gifts will require sacrifice on your part. Maybe it’s forgiving another. Maybe it’s submitting more of your time/life to him. Maybe it’s something he’s asked you to give up – the longing for marriage or children, or maybe the desires you have for your career. Trust him with it – you won’t regret it.
- Set aside time to read through the Christmas story throughout the year and be reminded of the anticipation of that season and the hope we have of his return.
- Keep your Nativity scene up in your home – you don’t have to do this, but I’ve done it before and it serves as a great reminder of what he did for me.
- Schedule in time to volunteer on a regular basis. Christ came for the underdogs, so to speak. We show him love by loving the least of us.
- Visit the elderly or children in a children’s hospital.
- Give gifts of service to your family members throughout the year. Jesus came to serve us and he commands that we serve others rather than ourselves.
- Set aside time each day for devotions, time in the Word and prayer.
- Attend church regularly and get plugged in to a small group. You’ll never know how valuable these tools are in keeping you grounded in Christ and accountable to what he has called us to be if you don’t.
- Send letters throughout the year to share the good news of what God has done and is doing for you; not just at Christmas. I like to include the gospel message in mine…you never know who God will reach through you.
- Write a letter to a missionary. We all need encouragement to get through this life.