Where is Jesus on Your List?
by John Partridge
It is the time of lists. We have all sorts of lists. We have chores that must be done, decorations to put out, cookies to bake, gifts to buy for the kids’ gift exchanges at school, gifts to buy for the gift exchange at Sunday school, or Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, bridge club, train club (actually we don’t have one), open houses, bowling team, things to do before our visiting relatives arrive, packing that must be done before we leave to visit other relatives, last minute projects that need to be completed for school or for work, and of course a list of gifts to buy for family, friends, your letter carrier, newspaper person, lawn service, fitness coach, more gift exchanges, employees, pets, neighbors, and who knows what else.
But amid all the busyness of the season, and among the lists of things we have to do, and gifts we have to buy, where is Jesus?
Will coming to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas, be the only time that you remember to check Jesus off your list? Will you put a few dollars in the offering plate at church, or a few coins in the red kettle at the drug store, and check that off your list too?
As we spend time with family, friends, co-workers, and parties for clubs and other activities, how much time will you spend with Jesus? If we made a list of all the places you spend time this season, where will Jesus rate on that list? As we spend money, and buy gifts, where will our gifts to Jesus rate? Will our gifts to Jesus match what we spent on our spouse or our children? Will he be measured more closely to the tip we give to our letter carrier? Or will our gifts to Jesus rank closer to what we’re spending on gifts and outfits for our pets?
I’m not saying that you should, necessarily, give those gifts to Christ Church, but when the season is over, how will Jesus rank? How much time will you spend with him? What gifts will you bring him? How will you honor him? Will you feed the hungry? Clothe the naked? Comfort the troubled? Heal the wounded? Love the unloved?
Before we get too wrapped up in our busy-ness let us seriously consider…
…Where is Jesus on our list?
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