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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

Christmas

"And the Child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him" (Luke 2:40)

I suppose if we took a survey and asked people what Christmas meant to them, we would get many different answers. Some might think of home cooking, while still others might have loved ones far away that they can't be with or still more might think about the "magic" of the season. As for me, I like to think about the cost.  Oh, not the cost of material goods - I am thinking about how much it cost the Son of God everything to give up His home in heaven to be born in a cold, smelly stable. I am thinking of Mary, who paid the price of obedience. While there are many more people we could talk about in the accounts given in Scripture, there were also the Shepherds who followed followed the words of an angel and left their sheep to see the Son of God.

This Christmas I would challenge you to think about the cost that others have paid so that you can enjoy the life that you live now. Then, give your all to God, using your talents and abilities. Luke 2:40 provides a good outline, showing us how to do this. Just as Jesus became physically a child, the Bible tells us that we must spiritually become like little children. In other words, we need to be willing to be filled with humility and faith in the Lord.

Second, Jesus grew and became strong. We are to grow in His Spirit and become strong in God's Word. Jesus followed the Spirit and studied God's Word, and because of these actions, He was filled with God's wisdom, just as we can be. We need God's wisdom and the Bible tells us that we should ask for precisely that gift (James 1:5). In still another place, the Scripture tells us to be filled continually with His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

Last, the grace, the favor of His Father rested on Jesus, and it can rest upon you and me. I hope that this season as you look at the beautiful lights, that you will think about the Light of the world (John 8:12) who came in all His beauty to save you and me.

Contact: Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

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