Christmas is that time of year when we rejoice for God’s goodness and the birth of Jesus Christ. I am reminded however that everyone is not rejoicing during this Advent Season. Everyone is not feeling the spirit of joy, peace, hope and love. There are some people who are depressed, frustrated, broken, angry, confused, suppressed, etc. They feel as if they are not loved and of any worth or importance to society. They have no idea what Christmas will be like, for there are too many uncertainties. They feel all alone, neglected, abandoned and ostracized.
It must be an awful state of mind to feel as if you feel that you are an insignificant individual in a world that pretends to embrace the fact that everybody is somebody. When no one really shows any love or give any attention to your needs or cares, it can be devastating. You may even feel as if you are misunderstood, underappreciated, unwelcomed and ignored. You feel like you are just existing and not living. We are living in a time where the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer; a time when people are selfish and only considerate of themselves; a time when people do not mind stepping on you so that they may advance in life.
Maybe, we are spending too much time trying to be what the world wants us to be, rather than what God wants us to become. We must reach a point in our lives when we must find a way to ignore what the world attempts to create for us.
We should not have to be worried about the world accepting us, for we are children of God; friends of God. We do not have to worry about feeling like strangers and fitting in with those who ignore and overlook us. For scripture tells us, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:19
What believers in God must understand is that we belong to a royal family. We should not feel like strangers trying to fit in with the world. We must be reminded that we are loved by the same God who created us and made us wonderful and beautiful.
We know that God loves and cares for us because we are His children. We must look forward to the day when Christ will return, and there will be no more sin, sadness, or sorrow. Then we will be made like our Savior. 1 John 3:2
As we have studied the Psalms, we often see and hear evidence of the fact that David was a great King of Israel. What we must acknowledge is that God is a better and greater king than anyone who has served in any position of royalty. For our God is the King of Kings!
You may feel as if you are less significant than others and it may be causing you to withdraw and live in isolation. What I have come to inform you of today is that you are of royalty. Stop beating yourself down and pick yourself up and live out your dreams. Lift up your head and become everything God created you to be. Speak to yourself right now and say, “I am the King’s child born into a family of royalty.”
Accept the fact that everyone is not going to love you, accept you, admire you or even appreciate you. But we can find solace and comfort in knowing that God loves us in spite of our feelings and emotions. When we become believers in Jesus, we automatically become children of God.
Tell yourself today that you are a prince or princess because we are Christians, and we have been adopted into the family of God. King Charles III has nothing on us. You have a family of believers that love you, so we say.
Just know that God loves what he has created, therefore we should also. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
Take time today to let someone know that they are special, a gem, a treasure, etc. Let’s make this Christmas special by being an encouragement and blessing to someone else. It does not always have to be wrapped and place in a box.
Not a sermon, just my thoughts!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor