“Fall on your knees, O hear the angels' voices, O night divine, O night when Christ was born...”
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
The idea of worship is tied to the concept of “worth” or “value.” In effect, we worship what we value. If our values are based on material things, we become materialistic. If our values are based on mere human pleasure—or even subjective happiness—we become hedonistic. If our values are purely human and situational, become humanistic.
All of the events surrounding the incarnation—that first Christmas long ago—were catalysts for true worship. From Joseph’s faith, to Mary’s purity, to the Shepherds and their joy, it’s a story that should make us all want to fall on our knees!
The key is not to get lost in the distractions. We are not to worship Christmas; we are to worship Christ. There’s a big difference.
As the world measures the “success” of this season by shopping days, how much money is spent, and employment figures, followers of Jesus Christ measure everything by one standard: “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST”
Do I allow myself to get too caught up in the competitive commercialism at Christmas?
How can I glorify God this Christmas?
Have I put Christ first as I celebrate His birthday?