December 16, 2009
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Christmas for Christians comes with two side-by-side yet incompatible messages: “glory to God in the highest and on earth peace” versus “gimme, gimme, gimme—all of it…now!”
Jesus. The world. Both ready to deliver the goods. Both have return policies. But even the world’s best will fall short of His, with its promise of total customer satisfaction and a guarantee that makes a lifetime warranty truly short-sighted! Which will we choose, for we cannot serve two masters!
But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
How are we doing at allowing Christ to overcome the world for us—to vanquish in our stead—particularly during this holiday season? If you’re made of flesh, then you’re probably feeling the tension. But take heart: I have no doubt that His desire is for us to dwell in perfect peace. Our challenge is to keep our focus on Him, and upon the higher significance of this Christmas “holy day”.
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
As we approach the half-way point of the school year, and as we enter this Christmas vacation and enjoy a “breather” from the demanding pace of the school year, I pray that we would have a new revelation of how much “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). May we taste afresh the goodness of the news of peace heralded by the angels that first Christmas day, and may that peace prevail throughout the season and into the year ahead.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year, CCA families!
David Salvatelli is the director of advancement and has been committed to the mission of CCA since its inception. If you have questions about CCA or this Commentary, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-315-4330.