It’s amazing how quickly things can get fuzzy. We know that the birth of Jesus is the central focus of Christmas. We set aside the time in our calendar for a special time of reflection and worship. God coming in flesh is a big deal. Jesus bringing the hope of salvation to all people is something to celebrate. Yet it’s so easy to be caught up in the extras of the season: decorating, presents, baking, events, family gatherings and parties. All good things. But even good things can take us to the place where we rush past the wonder and awe of worship.
So I pray for clarity in this respect. As we go through Christmas and into the New Year as worship artists, congregational leaders, servants and followers of Jesus – I pray we’re always clear about our reason for existence. Here’s my prayer (yes a borrowed prayer, but a good one nonetheless).
“Day by day, dear Lord, of you three things I pray:
to see you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
follow you more nearly,
day by day.”
Worship is about us getting out of the way so that we can see God, respond to him, and help others see him. This is the glory of God as Paul writes to the church in Rome: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:20 NIV).” And Christ is the visible expression of all God’s invisible qualities. We don’t have to wonder, we can know who God is and what He’s all about. The key is to know Christ. Day by day this holiday season and throughout the year.
Associate Pastor of Worship & Soul Care