Read: Philippians 2:9-11
Think About It:
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him
Adoration is a word that we love to use during the Christmas season thanks mainly to the classic carol O Come, All Ye Faithful as we sing, “O come, let us adore Him.” So many of us during the Christmas season spend more time thinking about Christ and giving Him adoration than any other time of the year. Think about it for a moment. More people, religious or not, go to church during Christmas than any other time of the year. We also tend to find ourselves singing and listening to songs about Jesus more during the Christmas season than any other time of year. As a result, Christmas is a time when we love to praise Him, honor Him, and adore Him much in the way Philippians 2:9-11 describes.
While it’s great that Christ earns so much of our attention and adoration during Christmas, it’s important to remember that we should pay that same amount of attention to Him 12 months a year instead of just one. Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas spirit and spend more time thinking, singing, praying, and adoring Christ during December, but to have a genuine relationship with Christ, we must adore and spend time with Him throughout the year. This year as you move out of the Christmas season and back into the normalcy of life, strive to find a way to capture that Christmas spirit that will enable you to adore Him and grow with Him every day of your life.
Application: Remember, we will always worship what we adore. Worship is not just personal introspection, or we would worship our feelings. Worship is not even a warm glow, or we would worship that. We are called worship One outside ourselves. Adoration, to love and respect someone deeply, invites us to concentrate on him; to praise him, to honor him, to listen to his Word, for He is announcing it to us. As we have journeyed through this advent season together, my prayer is that you have come to adore what God has done through Jesus. “Come, Let Us Adore Him”!
Questions to get us ready for the new year:
What things keep you from adoring and spending time with Christ on a daily basis?
What steps will you take to ensure that you spend time daily with Christ?
Further Reading: Luke 2:13-14, Luke 1:46-55, Psalm 119:11, Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 31:23, Deuteronomy 6:5, Psalm 18:1