Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Christmas Rest

It is finally Christmas and we get to revel in the celebration for a little longer before we hustle back into our New Year. For some, this is a time of great joy. For others, it is a time of recovery from the frenzy of food, piles of presents, ostentatious decorations, extra church services, entertaining family, shopping and re-shopping.
Recovery is okay. It is hard to celebrate all the time and the truth of the matter is that we could never really celebrate enough to fit the occasion. We could never give enough, eat enough, shop enough or worship enough to fill up the glory that is Christmas. We are still human, after all, and we will not have the kind of endurance needed to adequately celebrate the glory of Christ until we get our resurrected bodies.
         In all the bustle and celebration, I hope we have not lost the simple yet enormous truth of the Incarnation. God has come to Earth to increase His government and peace ad infinitum. Really? Yes, truly and really.
         Since this is true, we must rest in Him so that His government and peace is increasing in our lives, families, church and city. That is the truth of the gospel message and the saints of God get to declare this glorious truth every time they gather in His name. To the extent that His government and peace are not increasing in your life, you have the need to stop resisting and start resting.

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