“For this is how God loved the world. He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Millions of people across the world, Christians and non-Christians alike, will celebrate the 25th of December, Christmas day. For some it is just a family day where presents can be exchanged, food enjoyed and good times had. For others, Christmas has an even deeper meaning, that goes beyond the joy of one day. Although, as with birthdays, Christmas represents a time to remember the birth of our dear Saviour, Jesus Christ. However, the joy of His birth is not and should not be limited to just one day. What Jesus did, in coming to this earth in the form of a human more than 2000 years ago, changes our destiny, our now and our eternity. He came so that we would not perish, but receive eternal life with Him. Of course when we physically die, that is not the end. We live on. Some will devastatingly live on in eternal death and separation from love and light but for those who accept Jesus’ life giving salvation, they will live on with Him eternally, in joy, love and peace.
This Christmas, as you remember Jesus’ birth and life in your celebrations, take a moment to think about your own eternal destiny. You have a chance now to accept His free gift of salvation. It is never too late! And for those who have already accepted it, rejoice that your name is written in the book of life!
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time..”
2 Timothy 1:9
Now that we have found the treasure of salvation or rather Christ found us, what do we do with it? ‘Salvation is only the beginning for Christians as we were saved to do good works in the name of Jesus. The promise of eternity and living free from the bondage of sin is a wonderful gift of salvation’. Yet it is just the beginning. You were saved for a reason. You have a purpose and a destiny.
There is a wonderful scene in the hit film Hugo, where the main character, a boy named Hugo, is explaining to his friend the comparisons between machines and humans. He says that ‘everything has a purpose, even machines. Clocks tell the time and trains take you places; they do what they are meant to do. Maybe that’s why broken machines make me (Hugo) so sad. They have lost their purpose. Humans are the same. If you loose your purpose it’s like your broken….Think of machines, they never come with extra parts, they come with exactly what they need. I think of the world, and I know that I am not an extra part. There is some reason why I am here.’ Isn’t it the same with our salvation. We are not saved to just live happy lives or to join an elitist club. We are saved because we have a purpose. We called according to the purpose we have in Him. You are not just a number, or as Hugo says, ‘an extra part’. You are part of the wonderful body of Christ and you play an important and integral part in His Kingdom. Rejoice in who you are! Find your purpose!