rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y adjective 1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change. 2. radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.
noun 3. a revolutionist.
Christmas is almost here. For many people, this is the busiest, most stressful time of year. There’s so much to do and so little time; or so much to buy and so little funds. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of what has become a neon-lit, jingle-blaring, tinsel-covered, commercial holiday. Christmas isn’t about Santa, elves and reindeer. It isn’t about snow, trees, lights and decorations. It’s not about shopping, buying, wrapping, giving or receiving presents either.
Christmas is about love. It’s about the love of God – a love so great that He would make a way for us to be with Him. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” It’s about powerful, extraordinary love. It’s about a love so revolutionary that Jesus Christ, Son of God, would choose to humble himself, leaving his home in heaven to come live among us as a mere man (see Phil 2:6-8). Christmas is about the birth of Jesus – a true revolutionary whose life revealed the perfect love of the Father. He preached good news to the poor, set the oppressed free, healed the sick, raised the dead and performed many miracles.
Jesus’ teachings about love were very radical and still are today – “Love your enemies… Pray for those who persecute you… If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other one also… Give to everyone who asks you… If someone takes what is yours, don’t demand it back…Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (see Lk 6:27-36; Jn 15:3). In three years of ministry, the love of this revolutionary man completely turned the world upside down; and they wanted to kill him for it. So he poured out even more love, by willingly giving up his very life, that by the shedding of his precious blood “whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (see Jn 3:16).
Let’s take some time this holiday season to realign our focus on what truly matters. As followers of Jesus Christ, our lives should be characterized by love. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” ~ John 13:34-35.
As we celebrate Christmas and enter into a new year, let’s think of practical ways to demonstrate the love of Christ, then put them into action. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant or overwhelming. You can show love with something as simple as a smile, some kind words, spending time with someone who is lonely, writing a letter, buying someone a cup of coffee, cooking a meal, the possibilities are endless. Get creative, have fun with it, and make a habit of it. If we keep it up, it could be contagious. We could even start a love revolution! Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Check out this video for “Love Revolution” – a song off of Michael Tyrrell’s new album, Downside Up – available for purchase on http://www.michaeltyrrell.com/music-shop.php