“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us) (Matthew 1)
This is such an awesome story!
A missionary God who breaks into human history.
- I think, “Oh come, Oh come Emmanuel.”
- I think, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.”
- I think, “Silent Night.”
I get warm fuzzies. A missionary God who wants me to know him. He loves me too much to leave me alone. He pursues. He draws near. He is with me.
Christmas reveals a God who wants to help. A God who wants to put an end to the sadness and brokenness that I feel. A God who wants to save and deliver me from trouble.
Talk about something to imitate!
I’m afraid that if people imitated me they would likely become people that are only interested in helping themselves. If they imitated me they would likely become people that kept a distance – its safer that way.
But that’s not what God does.
So – I’m trying to do two things.
- I’m trying to imitate God a little more. I’m trying to ask myself “how can I help other people” instead of “how can I help myself.” And I’m trying to connect with others, draw near to them instead of hiding in my office, behind my computer.
- I’m also trying to be honest. With you. With my wife. With others around me. I am certainly not imitating God very well. Here’s what I AM doing. Here’s what I’m TRYING to do. Here’s what I’m NOT doing. Being real like this gives people something to imitate.
Here’s what I think is amazing!! If we do those two things above? It’s Emmanuel all over again! God will break through and break in to this world and the lives and hearts of people in a fresh new way. It’s going to be super amazing!