Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

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Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

13th December 2009

Dogs are not just for Christmas and the lessons we can glean from the Christmas account are not just for Christmas either.

As Christians we should live out the Christmas story every day of our lives, because...

1. The Christmas story is all about obedience (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38)

Jesus is our ultimate example of obedience. Philippians 2:8 tells us, ‘And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross’!

And as believers in Christ, Peter designates us as ‘obedient children’ in 1 Peter 1:14.

But how does that relate to the Christmas story?

Well we see in Matthew 1 verses 18-25 that Joseph was faced with a difficult choice. He had the choice to divorce the woman he was pledged to or accept what has happened and listen to the Lord. Joseph was completely obedient to God and followed God instructions in everything.

‘When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife’. (Matthew 1:24)

We find in Luke 1 when Mary is told of her impending pregnancy that she too was totally obedient to God.

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."… (Luke 1:38)

So may we live out the Christmas story in our lives by being obedient to God.

2. The Christmas story is all about giving glory to God (Matthew 2:9-12, Luke 2:15-20)

There are many instances in the Christmas story where God is given glory.

Luke 2 shows us that when the shepherds go and visit the child, they go away from the manger scene glorifying God for what they had seen and heard. In fact, they did not keep the news a secret, but woke everyone up and told them about it. They gave God glory.

The wise men in Matthew 2:9-12 come and visit Jesus as well. They bring gifts to Him that glorify who He is. They bow down and worship Jesus and give God glory.

But what does it mean, ‘to give glory

Well to give glory to God means that you enhance His reputation by honouring what He has done. To give glory to God means that you place Him in the ultimate position of power and humble yourself below Him. To give glory to God means that we highly value Him.

May we live out the Christmas story in our lives by giving Him glory.

3. The Christmas story is all about Jesus (Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2)

Unlike any other baby in human history, the One born in Bethlehem was unique. He was not created by a human father and mother, but was truly the Son of God. He had a heavenly pre-existence (John 1) and He is God, the Son. Philippians tells us that He is one with the Creator of the universe and chose to become part of His creation (Philippians 2).

This is why Christmas is sometimes called the incarnation, a word which means "in the flesh", since in the birth of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator came to earth in the flesh.

God planned from before the foundation of the earth to bring Jesus into the world and the whole Bible is all about Him.

Jesus is the Good News of the Gospel. He came so that we might have the opportunity to have reconciliation with God. He was all about forgiveness and healing and grace.

May we live out the Christmas story by living our lives with Jesus at the centre.

Living out the Christmas story means so much more than we’ve touched on here, yet, living a life of obedience, giving glory to God, and having Jesus at the centre is a wonderful start.

Have a good week living out Christmas.

Pastor Barry

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