As mentioned in a previous post, one of the bloggers I follow, Darlene Schacht over at http://www.TimeWarpWife.com is doing a devotional online right now called “Quieting Your Heart For the Holidays”.
So I’m resuming this series. Last week was week two. The theme is Quieting Your “Hands” for the Holidays. In my study guide this week, I read more parts of Luke and a small portion of Psalms.
In Luke, it tells us that we are to stop what we are doing with our hands and make time to listen to the Lord and see what he teaches. Luke had told the story between Mary and Martha. Martha was busy trying to serve Jesus and his people with food, and other things as she wasn’t prepared before he came. Mary took the time to sit by the Lord’s feet and heard what he had to say. Martha had complained to Jesus that Mary wasn’t doing anything to help her. Jesus had quieted her calmly saying that the right thing to do is to stop and hear me, that is more important than what you are doing at the moment.
“Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42).
We can apply it this Christmas by taking the time out of preparing things for the holidays in order to open our hearts and ears to hear what the Lord wants us to share with us especially when he is forward. That is respectful. Cumber is sin and folly. Worldly business is full of Satan because we come away from the Lord when we possess in it. We are in need of serious godliness and will help us when we join Christ in heaven. Christ is our absolutely first priority over everything.
Luke also shares that we are to be careful and guard ourselves against all kinds of greed. Life isn’t given from many things owned. We can apply it this Christmas by sharing and giving things. IF we do that, we can get more from the Lord. Christ’s kingdom is a spiritual one. It leaves matters to civil power. Christ preserves us and our hearts. God knows and observes us in everything and we are accountable to Him. Body and time belongs to God so we are to honor it for Him.
“This is how it will be for anyone who saves things only for himself. To God that person is not rich.”(Luke 12:21).
In Psalms, the core message is that the Lord satisfies our thirst. Nothing else can’t fill us up. So we are to seek and praise Him. This Christmas, we are to pray for joy and peace to be filled within us and share that cheer with everyone else. It is our duty and interest to keep a cheerful response with Him. Our hearts are to always be in rejoice for Him. God’s loving and kindness is way better than life itself. Praising God is our daily life’s work.
“Your faithful love is better than life, so my lips praise you.” (Psalms 63:3)
Stay tuned for week three.