“A virgin giving birth would be a miracle but a virgin giving birth to the Son of God…now that’s incredulous!” Erwin McManus
If there’s an example of “familiarity breeding contempt”, it certainly can apply to the Christmas story. Many of us have grown up year after year reading, rehearsing, and reciting it. By the time early December’s seasonal festivities begin, our onset of nostalgic emotion is often swept quickly under the rug of busy schedules and endless shopping lists. To say that the wonder of the Christmas message gets lost in the commercialism of our culture is perhaps the understatement of the year. But there is a miraculous Christmas story that supersedes all the “fluff” that we have added. The story is indeed miraculous:
*A virgin conceives and gives birth to none other than God himself.
*Multiple angelic announcements to rival any Christmas e-card.
*A well-timed GPS star points the Wisemen in the right direction.
*A heavenly ensemble makes a debut appearance that may have even made the top iTunes downloads.
This whole story is a story of miracles. It’s a story of amazing grace that should cause our jaws to drop, our eyes to swell, and our hearts to be strangely warmed once again.
As Christian leaders, I wonder does this fading Christmas wonder happen more frequently than we’d care to admit? Are we still amazed with the opportunity we have been afforded to serve Christ in the ministries God has called us to? Are we still lost in wonder as we lead worship events, deliver His timeless Word, and minister to His bride? Are we moved with every answered prayer, every ministry miracle, and every changed life? The same desensitization that happens at Christmas can happen in the context of Christian ministry. Too many times we’re dragging ourselves out to the next ministry with little expectation and low-level dreams. So how to we keep the wow?
1. Slow down and spend some quiet moments in reflection and meditation on His great story that we get to share.
2. See every ministry engagement as an opportunity for the miraculous.
3. See yourself as you truly are…a sinner saved by an indescribable and incomprehensible gift of grace. Do these things and the WOW will be in your NOW!
We have much to celebrate at the end of 2009, but our greatest celebrations will be not of our successes but of His story. Let’s peel away the layers of the onion of our lives to get back to the core of this Season. Oh, and if we find that peeling that onion brings some tears…embrace them…tears may be a sign that we have indeed rediscovered the wow!