"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12)
God has continually shown throughout the ages His commitment to humanity. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed and sin entered into the world. God declared the Protoevangelium (the coming of the Messiah) when He pronounced judgement on the serpent; “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” Genesis 3:15. Indicating His intention to save man by providing the perfect Sacrifice for sin. God committed to Abraham, promising him that he would become the father of the faithful. That commitment continued through King David, through Israel’s Babylonian captivity to the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah. God fulfilled His ultimate commitment to man at Calvary. “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since by His blood He did all this for us as sinners, how much more will He do for us now that He has declared us not guilty? Now He will save us from all of God’s wrath to come” Romans 5:8-9 (TLB). God cured the penalty of sin by fulfilling the promise of salvation through His Son; and preserves us by the process of sanctification.
God’s unfailing love, mercy and grace proves His commitment to us every day. And since relationships are based on mutual commitment, how can we reciprocate that kind of commitment? Consider this. What better way to celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas season than with a present? You! “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God “ (Romans 12:1-2). Recommit yourself to Him afresh today. Start each day with renewed determination to purposefully live a life that exhibits your commitment to Him. In light of everything He commits to you, is this really too much to ask?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Living!!!
By Linda Tyler Ponds