2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
I can hear it now… “It’s Christmas Eve – how could you be thinking of war at a time like this?” So, let me ask you; if you were your own enemy, when would be the best time to strike? When your guard is down? When you are at your weakest? When you are in familiar surroundings?
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
This season of Christmas is one where we look forward to relaxing; reconnecting with friends and family; rejuvenating because we are working toward that finish line of closing out the year. Many of us would agree, we just want to step off the treadmill and take some “me” time.
We are admonished to be ready at any moment for a fight. An ambush is one of the tools of warfare that works because of the element of surprise. Christians are to be compassionate, merciful, and forgiving – but not to the detriment or the destruction of their own life or the life of those around them.
Our real enemy does not play fair. He does not play by any rules except his own. He seeks to hurt the heart of God and will use any and every person willing to succumb to his wiles to do it. He seeks opportunity whenever and wherever it presents itself.
We must not think that just because its Christmas, we can call a truce or a ceasefire. That may happen in the reality we live in, but in the spiritual realm; Satan doesn’t keep the same calendar; he is only governed by what God will and will not allow him to do.
If we are to be a witness; a light amidst the darkness to our friends and families; we must put on the armour of God, ask for the wisdom and discernment that can only come from God and be prepared. You may ask:
“Why can’t I just enjoy this holiday in peace?”
At times, having the peace of God is living in the present moment with the ability to know you are prepared for whatever may come. A soldier will walk circumspectly –
CIRCUMSPECTLY, adverb Cautiously; with watchfulness every way; with attention to guard against surprise or danger.
Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Yes, by all means enjoy this Christmas! Enjoy the company of family and friends. Be the child of light that shines to those who need it most.
Be the encourager to the ones suffering this holiday. Be the comfort to the hurting, the sick and the dying. Be the shoulder to lean on, the one to dry tear-stained eyes; the one to hold the hand of the fearful. Be the gospel witness to the ones whose eternal destiny would change if given the chance to hear.
But as a child of God, we are on a different agenda; a different program. We cannot be so caught up in the shopping, cooking and partying that we leave our God at home and our armor standing in the corner. Take heed to what God tells us today – otherwise, we will become entangled in the affairs of this life – rendered useless during a time when we could be the most help!