A Time To Reveal
December 2012: A Word from Dr. Stanley
Right about now, there are three words on everyone’s mind: Christmas is coming. That phrase, however, has different meanings for each of us. We all have our own desires and expectations for this season, not to mention those placed on us by loved ones. Yes, Christmas is a wonderful time because of what it celebrates, but these weeks can also be very challenging, both relationally and spiritually.
It’s good to be honest about this fact, rather than simply putting on a happy face and pretending nothing’s wrong. We may try to convince others and ourselves that we have it all together, but there’s one person who can’t be fooled: God Himself. He knows everything about what’s going on—money problems, family issues, and emotional wounds—in every aspect of life.
I want you to think about Christmas in a different light: as a time of revelation. In the birth of Jesus Christ, we celebrate the fullest picture of God the world ever received. He came to earth as a baby and grew to be a man who ate, walked, and slept just as you and I do. By the life He lived, He revealed the heart of our gracious and loving Father.
We ought to respond to the revelation of the Lord with a revelation of our own: the uncovering of our heart to Him. Too often we hide from God behind our fear, pride, and shame. But Jesus came to earth to find each person where he was, not where he ought to have been. And the same is true today. He reaches into the darkest, dirtiest, most fearful places to correct and restore us into who He meant for us to be. There, we receive comfort and healing as He cleanses us from the stains of life in this world.
Open your heart to the Lord this December, and show Him what’s really in it. The God who loved you so much that He was willing to put on human flesh (Phil. 2:6) and dwell among us simply wants you to be honest with Him about your whole life. So “humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10).
He’ll also make your life, and your Christmas, something worth celebrating.