Do you think that Christmas can lead you to spiritual growth? Here’s how the Advent season can help you thrive in Christ. Plus 19 of the best Christian Christmas posts by the Blogger Voices Network!
Hey friend! I have a question for you:
Do you think that Christmas can lead us to spiritual growth?
Part of my preparations for Christmas include going through the house and purging. Now is a great time of year since new items will be given to us during the Christmas season.
Then there’s sorting the piles of toys, clothes, etc. A few ladies from church will be getting certain items, some might be sold, and the rest donated to a couple different organizations that support the poor. Anything broken or with holes gets thrown in the trash.
This purging takes intentional time and forethought. And it makes me question: what about purging my heart?
I like the season of Advent because it helps us to stop and reflect in the midst of what is usually a busy month of the year. Advent is observed beginning a few weeks before and up to Christmas. It’s a time of reflection.
Israel waited for a very long time before Jesus came. Now we wait for His return. And while we wait, He is sanctifying us.
I relate purging to growing spiritually mature. Just like a kid outgrows his clothes and toys, and they are replaced with more fitting items, the Holy Spirit purges me. Purging from sin is included, of course, but it could be that He leads me to let go of unwise practices or deceptive thinking. That helps me thrive in Christ!
When I obey that leading, I see a greater spiritual maturity.
Other times I battle with pride. I tell my kids that they will never reach maturity through pride. Pride keeps us thinking that what we want is better than what we need. And that applies to me, too! I have to practice what I preach, right?
All too often, my kids see me taking out clothes that don’t fit any longer, and protest that they will no longer have their favorites. But then I remind them that they will soon be getting new clothes. That’s usually enough to keep them quiet. 😉
I see this play out in my heart. God is in the process of sanctifying my thinking, and I clamor for him to stop. Then He gently reminds me He’s coming back soon, and He’s just getting me ready to meet Him dressed right. A wedding dress is better than “high waters” (pants that are too short) any day.
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”
Philippians 3:13-15 ESV
During this Advent season, I encourage you to reflect on how God is preparing you to meet Him one day. It’s something I’m thinking about!
How is God preparing you? How is He helping you thrive in Christ?
19 of the Best Christian Christmas Posts
Here’s a roundup of 19 of the Best Christian Christmas posts from members of the Blogger Voices Network. I haven’t read them all yet but look through this list. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll want to read!
Christmas Grief, Christmas Hope, Christmas Joy by Barbara Harper
Advent 2019 by Laurie Hampton
Hysterical Stealing In Christian Love – Dirty Santa Christmas Gift Exchange by Julie Skelton Pfeifer (Loving Christ Ministries)
How to Fight Holiday Overwhelm with Christian Meditation by Sarah Geringer
How to Simplify Christmas by Christine Wood (Living with Margins)
Messy Christmas Everyone by Lesley Crawford (Life in the Spacious Place)
The Best Advice to Love Holiday Time with Your Family by Deb Wolf (Counting My Blessings)
That Christmas at Aunt Elsie’s by Boma (The April Journal)
Explaining Santa Claus to Your Kids by InstaEncouragements
Our Presence, Not Presents Is Required by Ammie’s Heart
How to Offer God the Gift of your Presence by Carolyn Pereira (Particularly Called)
7 Ways to Get in the Christmas Spirit by Sandra Wald
Why You Shouldn’t Slow Down This Christmas by Lauren Sparks
Favorite Holiday Books by Rebecca Hastings
The Rest of Christmas by Rebecca Jones (A Daughter’s Gift of Love)
The Child in the Manger by Katrina Hamel
The Best Preparation for Christmas – 3 Steps by Hadassah
A Christmas Present for Jesus by KellyRBaker
I pray this Christmas will lead you to spiritual growth. Merry Christmas!