When you look at decorations on a Christmas tree, like this one in the picture, many things are reflected — other decorations, objects in the room, or the photographer perhaps.
As we start in earnest to prepare for Christmas how do we reflect the purpose for having Christmas? If we are brave and true to our Christian calling then we should by all accounts reflect the character of He who has called us His children.
Too often, however, we do not reflect God, His calling in our lives, or our true purpose of worship. What reflects, in our pious modern-Christian way, is God in name only — a non-god that mirrors our human self-assertiveness.
We make God into our image. We try to give Him our wish list. We try to make Him emote our feelings.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
He who is the Word gave Himself to become flesh — that is, God became fully human. He lived here on earth for 33 years. And He kept all His glory. In this glory is grace and truth. This grace and truth shone out from Him and was given from the cross.
This season, I challenge you the reader, to join me in reflecting the glory of God and not the non-god of this world.