Christmas is Past, New Years is here – What now?

           We just celebrated Christmas. We sang “Joy to the World!” as we should – joyfully! Hopefully, that joy remains, but with Christmas past, and a new year before us, what comes next? As always, we can look to Scripture to give us an example.

            In the second chapter of Luke, we read the Christmas Story – the census that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem; Jesus’ birth and His being laid in the manger because there was no room at the inn; the angel revealing the good news to the shepherds; the shepherds running to see, and then glorifying and praising God.

            Then, we read of Jesus being taken to the temple when he was 8 days old. Simeon and Anna were there and both recognized, by the Holy Spirit, that this baby was the Messiah.

            The next specific thing we read about is a trip Jesus’ family took to Jerusalem for the Passover. After the feast, Joseph and Mary started home and unknowingly left Jesus behind. When they discovered He wasn’t with their relatives, they hurried back to Jerusalem. They found Him in the temple, talking with the teachers.

            Mary confronted Jesus and asked why He had worried them so. Jesus replied: “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”Luke 2:49 NKJV

            As we leave Christmas, 2011, behind and look forward into 2012, we can consider Jesus’ example recorded after the Christmas Story. We can “be about our Father’s business.”                

            I’m going to try something different this week. I’m not going to tell you what I think that means, but I’ll ask what you think. Please take a few seconds and leave a comment on how you think we should “be about our Father’s business” in 2012. As we get some comments (hopefully!), that should give us all more to think about.

2 thoughts on “Christmas is Past, New Years is here – What now?

  1. Yes, this the very thing that I am going to start the New Year with, “going around to look and see where He is working”. That’s what I needed to hear! It’s about His business not mine. It’s about being a witness for Him and working where He is working. Experiencing God! Lord help us all as we face the New Year with Hope that we can be pleasing to you. He is our Hope and I thank God that evertime He looks at me he doesn’t see the real me. He sees Jesus, and I don’t get what I really deserve. Praise Him!”HOPE” you have a Happy New Year

  2. Thanks Harriett – I like the thought of going around looking to see where He is working. That’s an excellent way to approach things! And Amen! on God’s mercy and grace. HOPE you have a Happy New Year too.

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