As we spend this Christmas season among decorated Christmas trees and houses, I can’t help but reflect on the humble beginnings of Jesus Christ. It is amazing to me that God chose a lowly and dirty stable to bring his only son into this world. Instead of displaying his unfathomable glory in a royal courtroom or sacred temple, he opted for modesty in an ordinary place to house our long-awaited savior.
Another particularly ordinary place that comes to my mind is the chapel building at Gettysburg College. On July 8th, 1992, I sat in the stifling heat on a wooden pew as my first FCA camp program unfolded. It was there that I heard the Gospel for the first time and Jesus Christ entered into my world. While the building may currently sit quiet and empty, it will always remind me of when the Lord’s undeniable love became a reality in my life. Like the lowly manger, it points to God’s character in taking ordinary places and bringing incredible meaning to them.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
It is remarkable how everyday things can be forever changed when the Lord reaches out and interrupts the ordinary! Every Christmas has been different for me since the moment when I asked Jesus Christ into my heart many years ago.
As you continue your yearly traditions and holiday gatherings throughout the upcoming days of Christmas, remember to make room for God in the seemingly ordinary places in your lives. Whether it is a conversation, a relationship, or a circumstance, He will continue to do incredible works in unexpected moments when we simply invite him in.
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