“Whoever has ears, let them hear” (Matt 13:9)
One of the reasons we can miss the voice of God in our lives is because there’s simply too much other noise. And if that’s true year round, it’s often especially true over Christmas when there’s so many other festive distractions all vying for our attention.
Yet one of the things that the Christmas story demonstrates is that ordinary people, like a young girl, a carpenter, some shepherds in a field, and some wise men gazing at stars, can each encounter God in incredible ways when they make room to sit with stillness and space.
Embracing stillness and silence may not be something we find easy these days, but we need to learn this discipline if we really want to encounter God’s voice. So why not start small? Try spending just a few minutes in your day being completely still and silent before God—no words, and no agenda. Just hold space for his presence.
6. Worshipping Together with Others
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down” (Psalm 95: 6)
Gathering together to worship Jesus with other believers may be the single most important thing we do as christians at Christmas time, because it brings us into the presence of God and allows other believers to speak God’s truth to us too.
And whilst local restrictions and stay at home orders might make large gatherings such as Christmas carol concerts, church services, and nativity plays difficult this year, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how to think creatively!
So don’t miss the chance to gather with others to celebrate corporately or spend time fellowshipping with other believers this season. There’s still plenty of online and drive-in services happening, and you could also organise some smaller scale gatherings with a handful of friends and family too.
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