This Christmas Eve there’s a word that has a new meaning in my life. I have always known the definition of this word but I have never truly understood it. This word is peace.
Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.” (John 14:27)
This Christmas I have a new found peace in my heart that I did not have last year. I say a new “found” peace but I was not looking for it. The truth is I didn’t think I needed peace. The truth is I thought I was doing just fine. For many years I celebrated Christmas and viewed it as a good time to get together with family. I would usually go attend a church service because it was the traditional thing to do and it made my mom happy. I knew that Christmas represented the birth of Jesus, but I was more interested in many other things than religion and really didn’t put too much thought into it. I was content with not knowing what I believed. I was your average American just trying to get by in life one day at a time.
Then something happened, something I cannot easily explain. Something supernatural, unexpected and not of this world happened—peace found me. Jesus found me. We often hear the phrase “found Jesus” but this is not correct. Yes, I made the decision to take a step of faith and dedicate my life to Jesus, but it was by the power of the Holy Spirit which reveals truth that I made this decision. The Spirit of God awakened me to the truth and it was like a light bulb that came on. A beautiful life giving light!
Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)
I never realized how much in the dark I was until I was walking in the light. I think this is the problem with so many people. So many of us just accept life as it is and think “well I guess this is the best it gets.” I urge you to not settle. There is a longing in all of us to seek truth. God places this longing in us. I believe this is the power of the Holy Spirit which sparks our desire to seek God. Follow it. Open your heart. Let Jesus find you.
Jesus said: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20)
So this Christmas Eve I have a new peace in my heart and for this I rejoice and say: Praise the Lord! Although, with this peace comes a new restlessness—many of my friends and family remain in the dark. I see suffering with a new compassion now. I must spread the light! I am a walking testimony that there is joy in Christ! Jesus lives!! Peace is knocking at the door and all you need to do is answer it. So this Christmas I pray that you would get the best gift anyone could ever give you—the gift of everlasting life, hope, peace, joy and love. This gift the Father offers us through the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ. This gift is offered to us for free because the price has already been paid. All you need to do is take a step of faith and open the door. So what are you waiting for?
Merry Christmas everyone!