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“You Can’t Buy JOY” December 2016

“You Can’t Buy JOY” December 2016

In the paper was an article about Christmas sales. They are saying that it is difficult to predict how much people will spend this year. The financial success of many businesses depends on having
good sales during the Christmas Season.

We know that Christmas is largely what it is today in our country because it has been so commercialized. Everywhere you turn there is pressure to buy deco­rations, food, goodies, and of course, gifts. Some people have added travel and vacation expenses on top of those. If finances are tight, many are convinced that they can’t have much of a Christmas. So, they believe that having a good Christ­mas is determined, to some extent, by how much they spend.

While big spending may bring temporary happiness to some, it will bring added strain for many households already burdened with high debt, fixed in­comes, or tighter finances. I personally know of families who put their Christmas spending on credit cards, planning on their income tax return to pay for it. Why? They think the gifts will convey their love and care, and bring joy. They conclude that they cannot, no, they will not, withhold these blessings from their family and friends.

I hope you realize when the reasoning is peeled away, the principle they abide by is, “money brings joy”. Most believers have realized by now that, in the long run, money and the stuff it buys do not bring joy. Where does joy come from? “God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him” (Ecclesiastes 2:26 NLT). Joy comes from God! He gives it to those whose lives please Him, who make decisions that please Him, who have hearts that want to please Him more than anyone or anything else.

It seems to me too much time, energy, and money are invested on the wrong side of Christmas. Most of us need to scale down spending and focus more on the real reason for the season Jesus Christ. We are the ones who must help others to see Christ in Christmas. Everyone wants to have a good Christmas. We are the ones who can show them how.
“For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be for all peo­ple. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10 KJV).