Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Well this is the time of the year I try to be very brief as I realize so many other things are going on and there are things being prepared for. Nevertheless, there is never no time for God so let's get straight to the point this week. As we prepare for the Christmas Day celebration let me ask you a few questions for you to ponder this week as you celebrate.
What does the birth of Jesus really mean to you? I'm not talking about you simply giving an answer based on what the Bible says. I mean what does it mean to you? Jesus asked Peter who men said He was and then He asked Peter who did he say He was. This is one of those questions. What does His birth mean to you? Why do you answer whatever your answer may be?
Let's go further here. If it means as much as you say it means to you then how much of yourself are you ready to give up right now? I'm talking about at this very moment you are reading this? With no time to give anything much thought how much are you willing to give up for Christ at this very moment? This is what it is really all about. Jesus didn't second guess anything when it came to sacrificing for you and I. The most He told God was if were possible to let the cup pass from Him but nevertheless to let the will of God be done. Can you say the same thing?
It's so easy for us to be excited and say we will do anything for Christ. The question is will we? If it takes some thought to give up some of the very things that are not good for us then how willing are we to give up the things we don't want to let go of? These are questions you must ask yourself. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and walk around telling everyone not to forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. Let me ask you a question. What season? When is it never His season? Shouldn't everyday be His season?
Give that some serious thought this week. Our excitement needs to go beyond only the season when we're giving and receiving gifts. We need this kind of excitement for God in the middle of the summer. We need it in February after the newness of the new year has worn off and things are back to normal in our lives. We need this kind of excitement year round. I would like to challenge everyone to understand this is not the only season for Jesus. Every season in our lives is His moment. It's what He has allowed us to live, see, and be a part of. Every season is our season!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon