Article: Don’t be Just a Christmas Christian! | Rachel Shristi Jacob, India

“Joy To The World”, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Silent Night, Holy Night” have been on my list of favourite songs of the Christmas season since childhood.

Since I was a small child, I recollect Christmas celebrations with beautiful memories of carols, singing and dancing, waiting eagerly to get gifts from Santa Claus, and decorating our house with fairy lights, Christmas trees, bells, wreaths, etc. Oh! How can I forget being super excited about wearing my new white frock to dress up and enact angel Gabriel in nativity scenes and tableaus presented in school or Church programs? At that time, meeting friends, and relatives going on Christmas holidays, eating scrumptious meals, etc., was what signified Christmas to me.

At the age of 15, I pondered the lyrics of the songs I used to sing in carols which made me introspect and see that Christmas has a much bigger, wider, and deeper picture. The Christmas season is a time of unconditional love that God showers on us. John 3: 16 says,”for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

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We as Christians need to live according to God’s will, and I believe there is no particular month, reason, or season to be pious and good souls. Once we have decided to follow Jesus, then there is no turning back. We need to be a white prism that reflects the beautiful rainbow colours in the lives of people testifying to the goodness of the Lord.

So a real Christmas is where we enjoy and celebrate the birth of our Christ, who is alive even today. God is within you and me; live each day to bring him glory and honour. Do not be just a Christmas Christian but be a true brother, a true sister in Christ to the world hovering at the brink of disaster (sin, anger, jealousy, dishonesty, etc.)
A real Christmas is about giving and sharing love and helping those in need, be it materialistically, spiritually, or emotionally. So for once, let go of all your extra lavish desires and be there for someone who never had anyone.
Be a part of bringing “Joy to the World; The Lord is come” and let your ways reflect the Lord who is within you and me.

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