What is Christmas about? Other than the commercialism and HOHOHO part, it should first be about the birth of the one single person who can impact every living thing in the universe--Jesus Christ. He's the one who holds the keys to heaven and hell. He's the one who suffered and died a horrible death just so we could go to heaven one day. The one who loves each and every one of us with an unfailing love--no matter what evil things we've done in our lives. It really doesn't matter!! Even when we do something we shouldn't, he might get disappointed with us, but His love never diminishes for us. He's the one who is willing to forgive us of whatever we've done, and guarantee us a place in heaven one day. Heaven, the place of eternal life. That's FOREVER! A place so perfect we can't even comprehend how tremendous it will be. No pain, no sorrow, only joy and surrounded by love. Will all my loved ones be there? Probably not, but it won't matter when I get there. It is a place where everything will be perfect.
Do we have to be perfect to make it to heaven. No, God doesn't expect us to be perfect. Do we need to "clean up our act" first before we decide to get to know God better? No way. God wants us just as we are. If we wait till we conquer our demons, we may never get that done. He wants us to come to Him now, just as we are, and He will help us over our hurdles. He will give strength and through Him we have the ability to overcome all.
If you're not sure, the one way to get to heaven is very simple... all we have to do is ADMIT TO CHRIST YOU HAVE SINNED AND ASK FOR HIS FORGIVENESS, then BELIEVE IS THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ON THE CROSS, and HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD, and then went to heaven to be with God, and then ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. That's all. That's it. And this is almost always done in private in a one on one setting with just you and Christ. If you pray this prayer to Christ, and mean it, He will save your soul. You will be Saved. You will have a place in Heaven waiting for you. And this is the ONLY way to get to heaven. Being a good person, doing great works and deeds for other people won't do it. If you don't accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, it's not gonna happen. God tells us that in the Bible. And when you do this, everything in your life will change. Your mood will improve. Your attitude will improve. Your capacity to love other will increase greatly. You'll begin to realize the people you disliked or hated for so long will become those you pray about. Your life will improve.
After we do this we don't have to quit laughing with our friends, or having fun or good times. We don't have to stand on the street corner yelling scripture out, or we don't have to become a preacher or go on a mission trip, or even type a long-winded message on the internet. :-) We just have to let the Prince of Peace into our lives and allow him to show us how much He loves us and how He can bless and enrich our lives. If we listen to Him, he will guide us and bless us with power we never had before. Life with Christ is a million times better than it is without Him.
Please remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus first and foremost this Christmas. And if you haven't invited Him into your life, give it a try. He is a great and loving Savior. "All things are possible through Christ, who strengthens me" Jim