Making the Most of Christmas

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. — Luke 2:20

How can you make the most of Christmas? For some it is all about decorating the house or tree, getting that special gift, seeing relatives, or getting invited to that certain someone’s party. But making the most of Christmas is so much more than any of these things.

Join the shepherds this year in making these next few days a time of “glorifying and praising God,” a time of celebrating all that Christmas is and means. God “inhabits the praises” of His people (Psalm 22:3 KJV). This is where and when God feels at home — in the midst of your praise.

Note the shepherds “returned.” Where? To their homes and businesses. What an impact this must have had on those who knew them best. May God give you the grace to follow these shepherds and make the most of Christmas this year.

Code Word: Joy

Another of the code words of Advent is joy. Celebrate Christ above all other things this holiday season. Sing it —

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

Lord, thank You for the joy only You can give. Let’s celebrate Your birth! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Excerpted with permission from The Christmas Code by O. S. Hawkins, copyright O. S. Hawkins.

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Your Turn

Today, let our prayer be “Jesus, we rejoice in your birth! Help us to make the most of Christmas and live lives of prayer and praise. For You have come!” Share your comments on our blog. We want to hear from you!

Dr. O.S. Hawkins

For more than 20 years, O. S. Hawkins served pastorates at the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in Dallas, Texas. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff, missionaries, doctors, and other workers of various Christian organizations with their retirement needs. He is the author of more than 25 books and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation.

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