How to Experience Jesus at Christmas
It’s an odd title, isn’t it? I mean, really, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ so why on earth would we have to seek Him to experience Him at Christmas?
Well, I’ll tell you why….
We can so easily miss Him when we’re standing in long lines shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, planning a Christmas dinner, or rushing from one event to another. And just because it’s tradition to make Grandma’s fudge or Mom’s cookies this doesn’t mean that I’ll be spiritually satisfied this Christmas season, because I won’t. These activities are all fine and dandy but they won’t quench the thirst of my parched soul.
The answer to my dry soul during this glorious season is one thing and one thing only- Experiencing the presence of Jesus Christ.
Somehow this Christmas I’ve missed much of it. Usually my Christmas seasons are much slower paced, but this year I had more on my plate, and let me tell you, I’m so bothered by the fact that I’ve missed so much of my Lord’s presence during this awesome season.
I’ve lost sight and I’ve gotten busy.
If Satan can’t get you to sin, he’ll keep you B-U-S-Y.
My teenager learned about this acronym from his youth group and he shared it with me. I thought it was brilliant so I thought I’d pass it on to you!
There’s not many days left before Christmas but I’m going to redeem my time and soak up every bit of Jesus Christ that I can. Here’s what I’m planning to do.
I’m putting my Christmas ‘to-do’ list on the backburner and I’m putting my relationship with Jesus at the forefront. I’m going to intentionally seek Him, pursue Him, and rest in Him.
How to Experience Jesus at Christmas
Here are my 4 Ways.
1. Get in the Word
A quick devotional during this season just isn’t cutting it for me. I’m finding that a spiritual snack leaves me hungry for more, therefore, I need a spiritual feast! More time in the Word will curb a hungry soul.
2. Listen to worship and praise music.
My soul changes when I listen to Christmas music and I don’t mean the traditional Jingle Bells or I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. Those songs are worthless to my soul. I need lyrics that will point me to my Messiah- the Hope that has come. Perhaps having a broken c.d. player this year has caused me to be a little spiritually anemic?
How about you? Does praise and worship music soothe, comfort, and breathe life into your soul? Are you listening to it?
3. Write for my Lord.
As apprehensive as I am to write in this space, I exercise one of my spiritual gifts when I do. God beckons me to come and sit at His feet when I write on His behalf. He woos me and invites me in and then the Holy Spirit moves-flowing in and out of me. The words that pour out into this space are not done by my might, nor by my power, but by His spirit.
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
What’s your spiritual gift? Are you able and willing to use it during this beautiful season? Don’t miss out on this power!
4. Want His presence.
I’m going to wait for my Lord to show up because I know He will. I’ve just got to still myself so I can see and hear Him even in the chaos of this season. What’s so precious about me waiting for Him is that He’s waiting for me.
He calls us into the deep with Him. The stillness. The invitation for just the two of us.
I love what Moses said to the Lord in Exodus 33:18-
And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
Moses was intentional. He knew he wanted more of the Lord in his life. He was discontent per se in his relationship with the Lord and so am I.
Maybe you are too?
The beautiful thing about our relationship with the Lord is that we can always go deeper with Christ. Unlike our human relationships where you and I can only go as deep as the other person is willing to go with us, this is not the case with Jesus. Our Savior has no limits in how deep we can intimately walk with Him.
Lord, please, show me Your glory.
That’s my prayer this Christmas season. How about you?
Anything on this list that you need to pursue so you can experience more of Him? Or, do you have any other ideas that help you to experience the presence of Jesus at Christmas? Please share in the comments.
Live a poured out life for Christ,
My heart fills with gladness reading your commitment to seek God in this season. I understand it and I have been reminded that this time of year with all the hustle and bustle, the true meaning of Christmas can pass us by and leave us with a feeling of tiredness and frustration. Me , I like to watch the all the cheesy Christmas movies when my husband is not home lol. This year I have been enjoying the more “faith-based” ones. Even though the writers may not be head on , I intentionally go to Word and spend time with The Father so I can understand and learn what has been so often misinterpreted . Its just my way of even while being entertained it prompts me to spend time with Christ and seek Truths.
Felicia, I loved hearing how you’re watching faith-based movies and you’re digging into the scritpures to find out what the real truth is! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for writing this “Those songs are worthless to my soul. I need lyrics that will point me to my Messiah- the Hope that has come.”
I feel bad that I do not enjoy Christmas music. I listen to Christian music all year around but when the radio switches to Christmas music I find no joy in it.
I’m hearing you, Melissa! I listen to Christian music all year round too and perhaps that’s why I don’t care for the simple jingle Christmas songs. They leave me feeling flat because their lyrics don’t draw my soul closer to the presence of Christ!
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