Through my thorough research and ponderings of what Christmas means to me this year I came up with these conclusions. (Confirmed by the message I heard in church too!) Basically it comes down to one word....Worship.
Our posture at Christmas and really every day of the year should be one of worship. It's our gift back to the Savior of the world. Mary worshiped when she obey and said "May it be as you have said". Simple obedience, simple worship. Joseph worshiped with obedience by not taking matters into his own hands, following through with the marriage to Mary, and being a father. Obedience is worship. The shepherds heard the good news, went to the manager and worshiped Christ the Lord. The wise men who traveled far to see the baby Jesus, fell down in worship. What a wonderful worshipful moment that must have been.
Angels constantly worship Him. They know the joy of His presence. God comes near to us this Christmas. He comes to us everyday. Our response? Should be one of worship. We worship with our actions, our words and our love. We give it back to Our Creator, our Sustainer, Our Savior.
We worship for who He is and what He has done. He loves us, offers us His grace freely, and saves believers from eternal life in Hell. What a Savior, who does that? We worship God with our lifestyle. Today on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and everyday our gift to Him is simple worship, simple obedience. We worship Him also for what He is going to do in the future. Worship forward for the next day, the next year 2011, and the next situation...what ever difficult time you are going through in your life. Worship Him for the journey ahead. It is full of joy with blessings. Worship = our love back to Him. Worship.
At Christmastime there is so much to do - with family, presents, to-do lists - that one gets distracted from the real purpose of Christmas. God is just as worthy of glory and honor and power today as He will be on that great day when we meet Him in Heaven. Today, put it all aside and take time to worship our Lord, the Savior of the world. It's Christmas!!