The First Move

A few months ago I read an awesome blog that was written for girls in high school and college, explaining the importance of dating God before dating a guy. In it, one of the key characteristics was how the guy should be able to lead and make the first move. I’m pretty sure most girls would agree that we still greatly appreciate when guys make the first move, but it’s important to remember the One who matters the most, our Lord, has already made the greatest, first move! Our God sent Jesus, His only Son, to us in the form of a baby and today is the day that we celebrate His birth!

During this Christmas season, it can be extremely easy to just see it as a joyful time that is meant to be spent with family and friends, but we as believers should know better than that. We have to constantly remind ourselves that we’re celebrating the day that our God took the form of a human and entered this world as a baby. 


There are many sermons given during this time that center around the common verse, John 1:14- “…so the Word became flesh and made his home among us” [NLT]. But no matter how many times we hear it, I don’t think we’ll ever fully understand what that means to us as believers. We have a God that sent His one and only Son to the world, knowing that He would be mistreated and unrecognized, to fulfill the law on our behalf… ISN’T THAT CRAZY? But through all of this our Father accomplished some great things that continues to show His love, perfect timing, and sovereignty. 

This piece of scripture perfectly describes exactly the result of a perfect Christ coming to this broken world.  

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” -Galatians 4:4-7 [NLT].

We are made sons and daughters through Christ! His blood paid the price of our sin and freed us, who were slaves to the law, so now we have the freedom to call our God, Father and we are now made heirs to the throne since we are His children! 


The unqualified. 

Christ always chooses what seems like the unqualified, but always keep in mind, it’s by His grace and strength alone. The Lord picks out the weakest, most ordinary, and least expected people and places to play a role in the birth of our King. 

For example, even the city that Jesus was born wasn’t a grand city that was known for royalty. In scripture when the birth of the Messiah is for seen in Micah 5:2, it is described as,a small village among all the people of Judah [and explains how even though it is not necessarily “qualified”], yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.”

Mary and Joseph were just ordinary people that were devoted to the Lord. Joseph was an average carpenter that was not extremely talented or well known. But the Lord’s power and guidance was seen through both of them throughout their journey.

The appearance of the angel Gabriel and the angels, with the glory of the Lord shining around them, in front of the shepherds is another place where we can see ordinary people. These shepherds were out in the fields attending to their sheep and the Lord picked them. Our God who could have picked a king or someone with wealth and power to reveal the birth of Jesus to, but instead He picks a group of shepherds that were not wealthy, that were not well known, or considered worthy in accordance to the world. But the shepherds, Mary, and Joseph- all through their “unqualifications” (sorry, I just made that a word), have taught us a few lessons that we need to hold on to.

When Christ calls the unqualified, it forces us to trust Him because there no way for us to do it on our own. 

“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” -Psalm 56:3-4 [NLT]

Shows how even what may seem impossible is possible, ONLY through Christ and because of God’s grace. 

Recently, I applied for a spot to go on a mission trip this summer through an organization I’m a part of. I have been praying about it for months now and lately I had just been feeling discouraged and wondering maybe now is not the right time. But last night I received an email saying my application has been approved and that I have been accepted onto the mission trip. In this point in time, I have no idea where I’m going yet, how I’ll be funded, or pretty much any details. But what I do know is that I feel like I’m in a dream. I have always dreamed of being able to go to a different country to be able to share the Good News and hope offered in the Word, but I never in a million years would have thought I would actually get to! This experience is definitely going to one where Christ’s strength and faithfulness is seen and I’m going to have to trust the Lord with everything because just like Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, and Bethlehem- I am definitely unqualified. However, hold on to the fact that we have a God who is stronger and greater than all our weaknesses, failures, and downfalls. When you’re in a situation like the one I’m in where you feel like you’re not really qualified, know that we have a God that calls the unqualified and qualifies the called. 


 

Be prepared. 

Take joy in the first coming, and prepare for the second coming!

Christmas is a time when we take time to celebrate the first coming of our Lord, but as we celebrate, continue to always keep in mind and prepare for the second coming! Always remind yourselves that yes, we are on this earth for now, but this is definitely not where we’re meant to be in the end. We’re only here temporarily, “but our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…” -Philippians 3:20 [NLT].


 

I know…that’s a lot of information and if you really are beginning to understand why Christmas is such a joyous holiday, you’ll begin to realize how heart breaking it is to see this precious holiday being turned into just a perk for business, and how saying “Merry Christmas” has become something we add to greetings in the month of December in this country.

However, we as believers are encouraged to always point all things to Christ and we have to be His advocates and remind others why we celebrate Christmas. We have a God that was bold and made the first move- HE SENT HIS SON FOR US. Remember that Christ came into this world to redeem us, so that we can call our Lord, “Abba, Father!” Christ came into this world so that we are no longer slaves to the law, but rather daughters and sons of the King, making us heirs to the throne, salvation is now ours! Can I get an Amen?

So now knowing that He made the first move, how are you going to respond? 

Hope you all had a joyful, Christ-centered Christmas that was spend in fellowship with family, friends, and loved ones.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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