To find rest in the last two weeks before Christmas, we need to be rescued from the tyranny of checklists and seasonal habit.
It’s not what we have to do, but how we do them, which dictates the level of stress we feel.
One solution to this is in the concept of blessing:
To bless, is to intentionally speak God’s favour & power into someone’s life.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace."
So they will put My Name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
To bless is to intentionally speak God’s favour & power into someone’s life.
Under the new covenant, every believer is a priest charged with carrying the Presence, and we also have been commissioned to bless.
How about blessing the checkout queue, the traffic jam, the recalcitrant teenager, the over-excited child?
BLESSING THROUGH MATERIAL THINGS
For example, the wine taken in Communion is called the cup of blessing (1 Corinthians 10:16); thousands were fed by the loaves & fishes blessed by Jesus (Matthew 14:13-21), and Paul’s handkerchiefs were taken to the sick & they were healed (Acts 19:11,12).
Let’s take the stuff of Christmas & speak His blessing over it all, that it might be the means by which His love and favour might flow. Let’s make Christmas cards & Christmas trees, candles & mince-pies be a means of grace to others. Let’s invest faith in the things we do, so we don’t just check them off our lists, but release the kingdom through them.
Choose how to respond to the festival countdown – with stress or blessing.