A 1-2 Punch on Christmas
Aaaahhh, Christmastime. I love this time of year with all the lights and sparkles, songs and activities. I especially love how God always brings another dimension to Christmas by showing me more of what it’s really all about.
In my dimly lit but sparkly living room several mornings ago, God inspired me with a quiet and gentle, but incredibly powerful, punch about an aspect of Jesus’ coming to earth that I hadn’t recognized before. It was 1-2 punch that still leaves me breathless when I engage with the reality of it.
Picture a new-born baby. There is nothing more helpless than that. We literally can do not.one.thing on our own when we’re born. Not one. Jesus knew He’d be completely helpless when He came. (I mean, humans changed the King of the universe’s diaper!!) He lived a perfect life as an example to us, and then took our punishment so that we could be completely free and joyfully victorious.
Seriously. What was He thinking?!?
I feel like God gave me a glimpse of what Jesus was thinking when He said yes to His Daddy’s idea for the redemption of mankind.
He saw the difficulty, the hopelessness of mankind trying to live righteously by keeping the law. We failed. A lot.
He saw the loneliness of people trying to be right before God when what our hearts needed was a relationship with God.
He saw us who loved God living our lives in many ways like the culture around us and knew we needed to know the ways of God’s Kingdom in order to live the lives our Daddy intended us to live.
He saw the great divide between what was and what could and should have been.
So He said yes. Yes, I’ll go to earth. Yes, I’ll show them what living in Your kingdom looks like. Yes, I’ll take their punishment in their place. Yes! I’ll do it!
There was never a better yes! Never.
Wowzers. Let that sink in again.
That picture left my mind spinning, but then…this.
He took me here…to the place where I want to step back and blend into the wallpaper.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Nelson Mandela
Jesus came so that we wouldn’t blend into the wallpaper. He came to do the exact opposite! He came so that we would become who we are meant to be and point the world to Him. The only reason we were created at all is to point to Him, His goodness, His faithfulness, His creativity, and His genius plan for the world. He didn’t fashion you with your unique characteristics and talents because He was bored and into seeing if He could come up with a new model; He saw a need in the world and fashioned YOU in the specific way you need to be to fulfill the purpose He created you for.
Our being afraid, playing small and shrinking back from what we are called to do serves NO ONE.
Jesus said yes so that we could manifest God’s glory like the original plan.
Jesus said yes so we could have a restored relationship with our Daddy.
Jesus said yes which makes my no so.very.ugly. So very. My fear, my shrinking…It is the exact opposite of what Jesus came for.
As we celebrate Christmas during the next week, remember why He came. Remember His big, fat, resounding YES. He modeled yes so well for us. He showed us how to live from identity in and relationship with our Daddy.
Let’s say yes right alongside Him.
Let’s show up in all the places He’s asking us to whether the yes feels big or small, scary or easy.
The world around us will be so much better for it.
Where is your Daddy asking for your yes? What place did He fashion you to fill? I’d love to hear in the comments!