This time of year most of us are excited about the Christmas season.
We search for our Christmas decorations in the attic or basement. All the boxes and totes are filled with Christmas lights, ornaments, tree stand, tree top, tree skirt, special mementos received over the years, and nativity sets.
The nativity set is most often the center of attraction, known to be the humblest of all the figurines within our home for this particular season.
When our nativity set is completely arranged and ready for viewing, we may sense love, joy, peace, gratefulness, hope, and fulfillment within ourselves.
Sometimes we may wonder, if God would have done things differently, how or what would our world be like?
If our greatest need would have been for someone to figure out the world step-by-step or inch-by-inch with a tape measure, God would have sent us a mathematician, but he didn’t.
If our greatest need would have been for someone to gather information, teach, and inform others, God would have sent us an educator, but he didn’t.
If our greatest need would have been laptops, computers, or extended technology, God would have sent us a scientist, but he didn’t.
If our greatest need would have been money, gold, silver, or lavish wealth driven with power, God would have sent us an economist, but he didn’t.
If our greatest need would have been pleasure, trips, cruises, jet skies, motorcycles, limos, carriage rides, or sports cars, God would have sent us an entertainer, but he didn’t.
Our greatest need was humbly simplified, for each and every one of us. It took a tree that was once rooted to become the wooden cross. It took three nails to hold him to the cross and a crown of thorns to prove to us, that he had completed his work in the world. Our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a savior.
God didn’t send baby Jesus to a throne to live beyond his means, but to a manger filled with hay.
Jesus lived not as a prince or king, but as a servant. He didn’t come here to be served. He came here to serve others with his feet, hands, and voice.
Jesus chose not to be selfish or self-centered. He gave not just a little but everything, just for the love of us.