"I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16.8
During the Christmas time a lot of things are set before us: gifts, toys, food, gatherings, etc… Often times we get so caught up in the stress of Christmas that we end up setting aside what really gives us “Mas Christ.” And then, when all the gifts are opened and all the eggnog drank, the hangover of Christmas sets in. The question today is, now what?
The Monday after the championships are not a time to sit and bask in your victory nor is it a day to weep over your defeats. The day after is the beginning. The start of preparing for the next battle, the next struggle, the next match. For those wrestling for the Crown the day after is the beginning of everything. The Savior of the world is present, question is, do you believe it – does your life indicate your loyalty to the new born King? What do you see, what does the world see when we discuss the King being NOWHERE? Is Jesus now|here or no|where in your heart?
Theologian Jonathan Edwards wrote that believers should have “a real sense of the excellency of God, and His work of redemption, and the ways and works of God revealed in the gospel. There is a divine and superlative glory in these things . . . a glory greatly distinguishing them from all that is earthly and temporal.”
Edwards awakens us to the truth of faith in that if we forget to focus on the excellency of God and His act of redemption as revealed through the incarnation we miss out on God’s superlative glory that shines brightly through the miracle of Christmas.
David writes in Psalm 16 “I have no good apart from You” (v.2). God was all the world to him (cf. Psalm 73:25). This did not mean that David wasn’t thankful for his family, kingship, and other blessings. It simply meant that God Himself is incomparably greater than any of His gifts – that He was the all-sufficient, all-satisfying joy, truth, and purpose of David’s life.
Each day is a blessing from above. None of us would go into a championship match unprepared, so why do we do this with our faith? Why do we try to secure salvation, peace and goodness on our own? Wrestling for the Crown means that we are in relationship with Father Son and Holy Spirit. What this means is that each day, we need to step further into the Truth, the Way, and the Life of Jesus by surrendering to the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus illumines this truth when He reminds His followers that apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). What Christ tells us in John 15 is what David writes about in Psalm 16 – God must be our refuge, He must be where we find identity and thus where our actions find their foundation. Are you wrestling for the glory of the crown or the glory of the crowd?
Thirsting after God starts in the heart. When our heart seeks to step into the leading of the Holy Spirit so as to know Christ we come to know ourselves as it is from Christ, through the Spirit, that we find our identity. When we realize that Christ came for us – He is the truth of God’s love for me – then we can step into the peace and joy of Christmas and truly celebrate the meaning of Immanuel!