The Christmas season is notorious for traffic and travel. Over the course of the next three weeks, many people will travel great distances to celebrate with loved ones. The highways will be clogged with travelers, any of which will not be exhibiting the joy of the season. Hopefully for you, all of the going will be worthwhile as it results in great times with your loved ones. I know that will be the case for us.
The first Christmas was noted for its travelers as well. Mary and Joseph travelled about 80 miles in a journey that probably took them anywhere from a week to 10 days; a journey made even more complicated when traversed with and by a pregnant young woman. Magi travelled from the East – probably somewhere in the Persian Empire – to pay homage to a newborn King. Even shepherds temporarily went AWOL and travelled into nearby Bethlehem to confirm the news delivered to them by angels who had travelled from heaven.
Your Christmas Journey
The advent of the Giver of Life set many to traveling literally, but metaphorically, once He gives us life, the traveling has just begun. This life He gives us is quite a journey! We should all be traveling spiritually – moving closer to Him each day. God has called us to Himself so He can transform us into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29), and that transformation can be understood in terms of a journey. Once God begins a work in our life, He promises to finish it (Philippians 1:6)
Where are you in your spiritual journey? Have you begun to walk with Jesus? If not, the reason He came was to die for your sins so you could be forgiven and have a relationship with God. You can learn more about that by following this link to The Story.
Are you learning more and growing closer to the Lord each day or have you stalled along the way in your spiritual journey? Have you detoured or even taken a few steps backwards? Just as every trip needs a route plan, so also we need an intentional plan to grow.
This Christmas begin or resume your spiritual journey by intentionally and regularly studying God’s Word and praying. Make an intentional effort each day to move a little closer to the Lord. You can find some helpful hints by clicking here. May Christmas of 2019 find you so much closer to the Lord than you are this year.