Devotional

“O come, all ye faithful; Joyful and triumphant. O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him. Born the King of Angels! O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him. Christ the Lord”

We’ve sung the words a thousand times: “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant…O come let us adore Him.” It is a Christmas tradition like so many others. Every Christmas season comes around, we look forward to putting up a tree, giving and receiving gifts, and participating in other traditions that make this wonderful time of year so special. But sometimes the most significant aspect of the season — remembering and focusing on the coming of Jesus — grows old and familiar. 

We envy the shepherds who actually saw the baby Jesus, and returned with a message of adoration and joy that pierced the midnight air. We can’t join them in Bethlehem, but that doesn’t stop us marveling at God with us, and heeding the invitation to come and adore Him.

Do we adore the risen Savior or do we unintentionally undervalue Him in some way? Have we become so accustomed to His grace and love, His mercy, His forgiveness, that we take the Creator of the universe for granted? It’s like living in a beachfront condo that we stop appreciating the beautiful gulf view after a period of time. Or walking past your brightly-lit Christmas tree because you have been looking at it for over a week. Both were truly amazing initially, but have now become just part of the background. Or you used to stare up to a starry sky and the magnitude of it all took your breath away, but now you don’t look towards the heavens that much anymore.  

Jesus can be that way. He can blend into the background of blessed lives, sparkling holidays, and warm family get-togethers. God can take a back seat. “O come, let us adore Him” should refresh our perspectives and rejuvenate our love and adoration for our Lord and Savior.

We are called to adore Jesus. That’s what Christmas reminds us to do every year. The wise men bowed and worshipped him, brought gifts, and rejoiced when they found Him. We can learn a lot from the three Magi. We need to have a surrendered heart (bowing down) when we come to Him. He is the king of kings. We should approach Him in the same way. We also need to give Him our gift of worship. That is our sacrifice to Him. Finally, we need to have hearts filled with joy. When we surrender our heart and give our worship to Jesus, the result is a heart that is filled with joy. Come let us adore Him on this Christmas day.

This Christmas, tell Jesus how much you adore Him and why. In addition, give yourself time to be alone each day during the season to talk with Jesus directly, giving Him your heart-felt adoration.  If we do really adore Him, we will want to introduce Him to others. Someone invited us to come to Jesus, so let’s invite others to attend our Christmas Eve services. 

Discussion Question:

  1. What have you learned about God’s presence through your setbacks and in the hard places? 
  2. How does the fact that God is always with us impact how you live your life?