A CHRISTMAS MEDITATION
Jesse M. Hendley
In Galatians 4:9, friends, we find this statement: ''Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.'' The Apostle goes on to say, ''I am afraid lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.'' is rebuking the Galatians for their observance of certain religious feast days.
Well, Christmas time is a feast-day and Easter time is a feast-day. There are other religious days, such as Good Friday. What about these days?
Paul here felt that he had bestowed labor on them in vain, because there was a lot of religious activity about THE DAYS, the festival part, and they missed entirely the true spirit of them.
I shall never forget a very wonderful letter I received one time from two friends in another state. They said that they began contemplating their Christmas giving as early as September because they had so many names on their shopping list (96, I believe) and although they really loved all these persons and enjoyed buying for them some gift at Christmastime, they decided that they would combine the amount they would have spent on these 96 gifts and give it for the actual work of the Lord (the Radio Evangelistic Hour was one of the ministries they chose), and in doing this they felt that they were giving more directly to the Lord and His Cause.
They wrote a beautiful letter to each of their friends explaining what they were doing about their Christmas giving, saying that it was a deep satisfaction to them to be commemorating Christ's Birthday in this way and they hoped their friends would share this feeling, since it would have a permanent value in the lives hearing the Word of God and being reached through this radio ministry. They envisioned a multitude of men and women, boys and girls, whose lives would be touched by Christ's WORD and Christ's SPIRIT.
They said that they had given it a lot of thought and came to the conclusion that they would take a stand against the commercialism ...
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