By Pastor Steve Hohenberger, Christmas 2010
Where are you going? If you answer this question in December, chances are you'll talk about shopping, decorating, visiting, shopping, traveling, family gatherings, and more shopping. You might also mention wrapping presents, going on vacation and...did I mention shopping?
But, really, where are you going? Have you taken time to think about that question in the bigger sense? Where is you life headed?
Believe it or not, the season of Christmas is a great time to answer such a question. Why is that? Because the coming of the eternal Son of God into this world in human form should lift our thoughts from the mundane to ponder our purpose in life and the place that God has in it (and in us!). Sadly, the busyness that comes with this season often crowds out such significant thoughts.
So here are some suggestions to help you think those thoughts this Christmas! The Bible says Jesus came to seek and to save what was lost and to save His people from their sins. He came to make peace between God and sinners by the blood of His cross. He gives power to become children of God to those who believe in Him and gives rest to those who come to Him weary and weighed down. He returned to heaven to prepare a place for His people and promised to come again to take them there.
If you believe Jesus in regard to these things, then you have a great answer to the question, "Where are you going?" If you haven't personally trusted Jesus, you still have an opportunity to do so. But for me, this is the last opportunity I have to write to you of these things. After 13 years of writing Christmas greetings, my wife and I will soon retire, with plans to move to Mexico and help in a foster care ministry. So for now I'll say goodbye and "Feliz Navidad". May God give you a truly Merry Christmas in Jesus!