The most uttered phrase or greeting each Christmas season, spoken an infinite number of times by peoples of the world.
As the zenith of the Christmas season comes on 25th December, so does our greeting one another intensifies. We love to celebrate Christmas, aren’t we?
If we love celebrating Christmas and want to honour Jesus Christ, we should face the challenge of celebrating Christmas daily.
How to celebrate Christmas every day? Let the exhortation of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:1-11 guide us.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
Yes, every day, let us keep the humble spirit, acknowledging that all we are and all we have are because of God’s overflowing and never-ceasing mercies and grace.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; instead, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)
Are you ready to break your seasonal celebration of Christmas by shifting from symbolic giving to total sacrificial giving, as Jesus has done?
It’s easy to give gifts on Christmas, but it’s very challenging to go out of your comfort zone, “pour out” yourself and be involved in uplifting the quality of life of your fellowmen throughout the year.
Take your Christian service to the next level by being actively involved in the service of humanity and for the glory of God.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8)
Celebrating Christmas daily requires a lifelong commitment. It doesn’t stop on 25th December and will resume next year’s Christmas season again.
Jesus Christ’s example is “becoming obedient to death.”
I hope Christmas isn’t just the highlight of our holiday season, nor one of the statutory holidays to meet and celebrate with family and friends.
May our celebration and excitement about Christmas won’t falter nor die down.
May our greeting one another “Merry Christmas” and giving gifts to our children, loved ones, and friends lead to our recognising and achieving the more significant challenge of celebrating Christmas daily, as long as we live and until He comes.