November 29, 2020
Sermon Title: Preparing for Christmas
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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:8; Ezekiel 36:26
Scripture Text: Luke 10:38-42
38 "As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,
42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Preparing for Christmas
This is the time of year when everyone starts getting ready for Christmas. The stores are packed with people buying gifts. Elevators are filled with instrumental Christmas favorites. Those boxes packed away months ago are brought out and all of that lovely Christmas stuff is put out. The houses are decorated with lights and trimmings and yards become the showcases of Christmas splendor.
What do you do to prepare for Christmas?
In many homes there is a mass cleaning effort. The whole house is cleaned from top to bottom to get everything in tiptop shape.
When the cleaning is complete; the house needs to be arranged for the decorating. The living room gets completely changed for the Christmas tree and all of the other decorations.
When all of this is done the work of preparation is nearly finished.
The final preparation for Christmas revolves around the gifts
Point I. The cleaning of the heart
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God".
Point II. The arranging of priorities
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."
Point III. The decorating of the heart
What does God do to decorate a heart?
Ezekiel 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
Point IV. The receiving and giving of gifts
The receiving of gifts
John 1:12 "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
This year the wonder of Christmas can come alive for you in brand new ways if you will open your heart and allow God to prepare you for Christmas .
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