During the Advent season, we spend a lot of time talking about the characters who make up the Christmas Story. One recurring theme during this very special time is faith; that is, the belief we have in God and our commitment to Him. Of course, these are legitimate themes and many people do experience a renewal of faith during these emphases.
But did you ever think of faith as an aspect of God's attitude towards US? Oh, I don't mean a childish faith or an unrealistic hyped-up belief in our abilities or skills. What I mean is His commitment TO us. God calls for us to come to Him in faith and commitment, and He has expressed His commitment to us in sending His Son, Jesus. That's why He is called, Immanuel --- "God with us."
You know, belief is a powerful activity. It changes lives and gives a boost where one is often needed.
As we prepare for Christmas this year, spend some reflecting on the great act of commitment God performed toward us. Find someone this week who needs encouragement and faith --- and encourage them! If God Himself believes in His people enough to send His Son, can we think little of ourselves or our lives? Encourage and lift up others who are down and discouraged --- you might be amazed at the results!