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Making Time to Worship

Sunday, December 25, 2011

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."

Luke 2:8-17

Nothing is so important this season that you cannot make time to worship the Lord.

I read recently about a woman who had waited until the last minute to send Christmas cards. She rushed into a store and bought a package of 50 cards without really looking at them. Still in a big hurry, she addressed 49 of the 50 and signed them without reading the message inside. On Christmas Day, when things had quieted down somewhat she chanced to run upon the leftover card and finally read the message she had sent to 49 of her friends. Much to her dismay, it read like this: "This card is just to say, A little gift is on the way." Suddenly she realized that 49 of her friends were expecting a gift from her-a gift that would never come.

Perhaps you can sympathize with this lady! There is so much to be done this time of year. Presents to be bought, vacation plans to be made, work to finalize, decorations to hang, parties to attend, parties to host, and so many details to oversee. Sometimes the festivities of the season can wear you out.

Pause a moment to consider the shepherds on that first Christmas. As soon as Christ was born, the angels appeared to a group of shepherds nearby Bethlehem and joyfully proclaimed the birth of the Messiah. They filled the sky, sang praises, and told the shepherds the good news.

I'm sure the shepherds were busy tending their flock, keeping watch for wild animals, and going about their normal business. They had plans and needed to fulfill their duties yet they were interrupted with this news. The shepherds could have rejoiced at the news but then gone about their regular business and not followed the angels' advice. They could have been too busy to visit Jesus, yet they stopped what they were doing and made it a point to travel and see their King.

How important is worshipping Christ this season to you? Yes, you have plans and your schedule doesn't allow much downtime, but like the shepherds, God wants you to make time to worship Him for the birth of His Son. Read the story of His birth, sing praises to God of His miracle, and thank Him for sending His Son so you could have eternal life.

Today we do take time to celebration the Christmas holiday with friends and family and open presents. While we celebrate Christmas, don't forget to celebrate Christ. Nothing is so important this season that you cannot make time to worship the Lord. Parties will come and go and decorations may not all get hung, but you can make time to reflect on the birth of your Lord. Re-evaluate your schedule and carve out some time to just be with God and worship Him for His goodness in your life.

Merry Christmas!

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

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