Friday, December 23, 2016

a bit of truth this Holiday Season

Hello, dear friends.

I have compiled a few thoughts on the passage of scripture I read this evening; Christmas is in a day or two, and I have been blessed to have the ability to dwell on one of the most glorious, substantial truths of hope and life beyond what we know as human beings. There is something to be said about the *true* meaning of Christmas, indeed.

We see, "rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you," (Matthew 5:12). This is a beautiful verse for many reasons, mainly due to the fact that it reveals to us that we can have joy regardless of our circumstances; there is such a beauty and power in knowing what we as believers are blessed to know. I know I replay this (highly sincere) scriptural evidence time and time again, and I am not sure that I will ever cease to do so. I have the greatest understanding of this perpetuating, life-changing truth (all thanks to my savior) as it has affected my own personal life in multitudes, and I want more than anything for the world around me to know the same.

This story, this perfect message, explains our one hope for salvation and allows enough joy and satisfaction alone, yes, apart from every single thing within this life. We are able to thrive off of this one truth alone; we need nothing but Christ and his redemption story, his true gift to us this holiday season, as well as for the entirety of our lives.

Live and breathe, and feel this within your soul and being.

Truly, I have no hope in any one thing while I am here on this earth, living this unsatisfactory life alongside every hopeless individual who misunderstands what true joy and love is. Yet everything that I have and know is perfect and glorious and well beyond effortlessly beautiful, simply because I know him.

That is the only reason why, and because of that, I am able to better understand what this raw, unspeakably and inherently perfect joy truly is. Not the emotion; not something that can be felt, but something that is always there no matter what. The thing that reflects back to what Christ did -- back to what God did for us when he had his only son die the absolute epitome of worst deaths ever in order to take our place, all that we might know salvation and grace from sin and death.

Our creator and father and king did this for us, and this joy is unfaltering and unfailing and completely necessary for survival. No one and no thing can save me; none of this can take my full focus or bring me satisfaction and contentment. Nothing. He is it.

Another few verses in Matthew passionately describe our purest calling as long as we walk this earth: "you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 5, verses 14 & 16). We are given this gift; granted the full ability to be light within the darkness; to sustain the beauty found in who God is and how he planned to save his children.

We have the opportunity as believers to share our faith, this story of Christ giving up his life for each one of us, ultimately to make every single individual alive aware of the free gift of salvation; this gift of life after death, but also life as we live it today, but infinitely greater, because we know his love. There is a freedom in knowing this truth, and there is no end to its power and what it can and will accomplish within the lives of those who choose to believe it and accept it as their own.

This life can be lived to the fullest, and we will experience the greatest of his love and joy when we completely understand that by praying for opportunities to bring this loving, flawless free message to the world, God will give us those moments; those opportunities will arise, as will the ability to reveal Christ to unbelievers through our words and actions. What a beautiful, life-giving thing. We take for granted the fact that this perfect, unending joy comes only when we obey him and when we are sharing what we know. We cannot afford to be stingy with this, and why would we want to?

There is no greater love. No greater joy. No one thing that is more perfect than the way God intended for us to live our lives entirely for his glory and his name.

We must take this and remember who we are in Christ and what we owe to him as the one who gave it all for us.

Much love to all,