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3 Ways to Focus on God’s Presence this Christmas

If you’re like most people alive today, Christmas is a scheduling nightmare with parties, pageants, purchasing of presents, and preparing pastries. You know that Christmas should be a time of prayer, peace, and the presence of God but every year seems to become more and more busy.

This year, let’s prepare for Christmas the right way by stepping into the presence of God. Here are 3 ways to focus on God’s presence this Christmas.

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1. Prepare your heart by focusing on God’s Word. This year, why not start a tradition of reading the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus in Scripture? There are many ways to do this. You can simply open up your Bible and read these passages: Matthew 1:18-25Matthew 2:1-12Luke 1:26-38, and Luke 2:1-20. Or maybe you want to start a Christmas reading plan using the YouVersion Bible App. Or maybe you want to gather your kids around and check out the Christmas story in the Bible App for Kids. Each day’s video teaches a memory verse or a key truth using music, movement, and other concrete ways to help abstract truths stick.

2. Verify your authenticity by keeping your motivation in check.  Why do you want to give that special gift to your loved one? Why must the house be decorated just right? Why are you so worried about having the perfect Christmas morning? Is your motivation to bring glory to God or is it about you? Check your motivations and remember this simple yet profound quote from Paul Tripp: “Worry forgets God’s presence.”

3. Don’t expect it to just happen; do the work.  James 4:8 says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”  Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” Just because the holiday is all about the presence of God coming to earth doesn’t mean that we will experience that gift. You must do the work and position yourself to draw near to God. Maybe for you this means that you go outside and be in His creation, or maybe it means you find solitude or simplicity. For some of you it will mean listening to some praise music and worship Him in your room, or sharing His love with others and seeing God’s presence grow in them.

Don’t let this Christmas distract you from your priorities, rather position yourself this Christmas to experience the presence of God.

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Corey is the XP of NextGen at @sohillscc in GA and strives to be an opportunist, learner, and helper. He is focused on church leadership and ministry to the family. His mission is to help you take your next step in personal development. As a result, he writes on organizational growth,  leadership, ministry, volunteers, building teams, and productivity.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for putting me in the right perspective. I have always thought about how everything should be perfect. The gifts have to be perfect, the tree has to be perfect, the decorations have to be perfect. It’s sad that life has gotten so out of control and off track. Everyone just going through the motions.

    May it forever be about Christ and not what man has allowed it to become.

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