Christmas Cows and Living Like Jesus

Earlier, I had the joy of attending Eliana's Christmas program at Maple tree Pre-school. There is just something about the joy little children singing about Jesus and Christmas that brings a smile to my face. At one point, I had to make sure they weren't singing about a race car shining over Bethlehem (turns out it was a bright star).

The highlight for me, apart from watching Eliana, was seeing one of her teachers dressed up as a cow, udder and all. She as completely into engaging the students and helping them celebrate Christmas without any concern for what others might think of her. 

I think that's how Jesus lived too. He was constantly running into problems with the religious people and the authorities because he simply did not care about what they wanted him to do. He would hang out with tax collectors and party with known sinners if it would help those people come back to God. Ultimately, he was willing to go all the way to the cross, rejected by everyone, for the opportunity to bring you and me back to God.

Paul puts it this way in Philippians 2:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 

Who, being in very nature God, 

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness. 

And being found in appearance as a man, 

he humbled himself 

by becoming obedient to death — 

even death on a cross!

Jesus set aside all the glory of heaven for us. A teacher set aside a little pride to be a cow to teach children about Jesus. What might we need to set aside in order to reach one person with the good news of Jesus this Christmas? What risk are you willing to take to invite someone to church, to pray for someone, to tell someone about your hope in Christ?

   © zion reformed church 2012