Christmas Not Alike

Thursday, December 10, 2020
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It's been over three decades of Christmases for me in Nigeria, and by God's grace, I have had memorable experiences in all of those years, especially those of my childhood.

Christmas season in Nigeria can at times be crazy and full of razzmatazz. Most people here see Christmas as a festive celebration that must be flamboyant and elaborate, rather than a time of sobriety and holiness. Consequently, it is often characterized by many evils and iniquity.

Oddly, most believers, who are supposed to be light at Christmas, can hardly be distinguished from unbelievers in the manner in which they celebrate and comport themselves. They just celebrate Christmas exactly as those in the world celebrate; they focus on the eating, drinking, and merriment only, and forget Jesus, who is the reason for the season. They neglect holiness and spiritual discipline, and become wild.

2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness? (AMPC)

As Christians, we should be light in the midst of darkness; we ought to teach others in the world how Christmas should be celebrated. We must let Christ who is celebrated be seen in us, and through right living, change every wrong notion about Christmas this season.

Christmas is a period of forgiveness, joy, and peace. It's also a period of soul winning, as sinners must be led to Jesus who is born. It's a period of confession of sin, rededication of ourselves to God, and, finally, charity and love.

Friend, let's refuse to celebrate this Christmas like those in the world.

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (AMPC)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may Your love, peace, and joy be our portion and that of our families this season as we celebrate Your birthday. O God, help us to live in a holy and right manner so that Your light in us will be seen by those around us, and so that they may glorify Your name forevermore. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Owen. This is badly needed in the United States as well.

    May God help us to do that no matter where we live. Thanks, Owen.

    Thank you, Owen Osa, for pointing us to Jesus Who is the Light! Blessings.

    Owen, thank you for telling us about Nigeria during Christmas. Human nature to party is constant in my country too. Thank God that faith in Jesus changes us so we know to let the light of the Savior shine through us as we mature in Him.

    Blessings Owen.
    Thank you for your devotional today. May this truly be a special Christmas for everyone and be life changing because of the gift of Jesus Christ.
    God bless and Merry Christmas.

    Thank you again for your challenge to let our light shine when we know that He is the light of the world. I thought of John 8:12 and also went back to Psalm 27:1 that have been precious to me through the years. Thank you for your steady witness in Nigeria and have a blessed Christmas.

    Hello Owen,
    Thank you for another special devotional. Yes, we must honour our Lord as top priority in celebrating Christmas. His birth and our faith in His great works, is what results in us having hope, peace joy, and love in our daily life.
    Blessings for your writings,

    I think some in North America need this advice too!

    Thank you so much for letting God use you to share this. I get it. I’ve been in similar cultural spaces during this season. Some of those times I was like those “unrecognized as Christian” because of my behaviour.
    God has forgiven me, but to forgive myself if difficult.
    The divine simple purity of your devotional is powerful. Awhile ago, in my isolation I was singing out loud “Angels We Have Heard on High”, BEFORE the hymn emerges to partner your blog!!!!
    The Holy Spirit evidence! This has happened MANY times in my life before:
    I GET the hymn hours, Sometimes days, BEFORE attending the Christian meeting!!! WOW!!
    Carry on brother, Pray we all work for Jesus’ kingdom to come.

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