What Does God Want From
Us This Christmas?

Christmas is probably one of my favorite times of the year, however, one of the things I don’t necessarily like about Christmas is the Christmas shopping experience.  You have to be very careful Christmas shopping, because there but there have been some pretty intense Christmas shoppers over the years…

In 1996, the most popular toy on the market was the one, the only Tickle Me Elmo doll.  Hundreds and hundreds of people from all over would line up at stores just so they could get this doll.  This was obviously the toy that everyone wanted, but the problem was that there were only so many of them in stores…it came to the point that people started paying hundreds and thousands of dollars just for one of these dolls because that gift was so important for them to get.  One lady actually was interviewed because she had threatened to kill another woman if she bought the last Tickle Me Elmo doll in one of the stores. 

Christmas shopping can get pretty ridiculous, and if you are like me sometimes it’s pretty difficult.  I mean if you really love someone, you want to give them something that you know for sure they want.  Ideally you want to see that joyous surprise look when they open your present and before they can even say a word, you know that it was the perfect gift.  But that doesn’t always happen…that’s why bright and early on December 26th, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, JC Penny and all these stores are open for business so people can bring back well-intended gifts that just weren’t quite perfect.

And then there is always that one person on your list that just seems to already have everything.  That one person who you really have to take some time and think, “What can I get Him?”  Well, thinking about that brought up a question in my mind: “If I were to get Jesus a present, what would I get Him?”  What is something that I could give to Jesus that he would really appreciate? After all He is the Creator of everything (Hebrews 1:2), and He holds everything together (Colossians 1:17).  So, what could I possibly give to the One who not only has everything, but who actually made everything?

What is it that we could give to the Creator of the universe that would bring that joyous smile to His face? Well luckily, we don’t have to figure out the answer to that question by ourselves, because we are told the answer.  It’s found in a little book of the Bible called Micah.

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee,

but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  (Micah 6:8)

There are three things in this verse that we see that God wants from each and every one of us.  First, we see the word justice.  This word in the Old Testament often refers to God’s character meaning that He is absolutely fair and righteous in all his doings.  Justice means, “treating other people right because you know God.”  Because we know God, because we have a personal relationship with Him, we need to treat other people in a way that is fair and righteous. 

The second thing that we see in this verse is the word mercy.  A simple definition of the word mercy is this: “doing unto others as God has done to you.”  2021 is almost over.  Think about the past year and what all has happened…has God blessed you at all this past year? If so, then you should bless other people.  Has God forgiven you at all these past 12 months? If so, then you need to forgive other people.  Has God lifted you up when you were down? Then lift someone else up when they are down.  Has He looked over any of your faults? Then you should probably look over the faults of others. If God has been merciful to you this past year, be merciful to those around you.

So, we have seen justice, we have seen mercy, the last thing in this verse is humility.  Humility is having the right view of yourself because you have a right view of God.  Humility is saying, “God made me and I belong to Him.  Every good thing I have is a gift from the Almighty God.  Some people may have more than me, others may have less than me, but that doesn’t matter…I thank God for what He has given me and I am going to do my best to use what He has given me for His glory.”

What does God want from us this Christmas? Three simple words: Justice, Mercy, Humility…Rightly understood, these three things sum up the entire duties of a Christian.  If you have those things in your life, God will be very pleased.  If not, well nothing else makes much difference.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas this year, and I am very excited to see what all God has planned for us as a church family in the new year. Prayerfully, we would be open to allow Him to use us in mighty ways this year to bring glory and honor to Him!

                God Bless,

Pastor Doug Wagner