Today’s Scripture: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians¬†2:8

In Dr. Seuss’ famous book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch was a bitter, grouchy creature who lived on a mountain outside of Whoville. As Christmas approached year after year, he could never handle hearing the noisy festivities that were going on in Whoville. Finally, one year on Christmas Eve, he decides to steal Christmas. He dresses up as Santa Claus and steals all the presents, food, and decorations from Whoville. On Christmas morning as he is about to toss everything down into an abyss, he hears the Whos singing and celebrating Christmas – even though he had taken all of their stuff. He then realizes that Christmas must be more than just presents, Christmas trees, decorations, and feasts.

You may ask, “How could the Grinch steal my Christmas?” As illustrated in the story, the Grinch cannot steal the real meaning behind Christmas. He cannot take away the birth of our Savior. But if your focal point of Christmas is in the giving and receiving of gifts, the decorations, time spent with family, or food, you will soon find that you have lost the reason for the season. Your food and gifts can be stolen, the decorations will all come down, and your family can have its quarrels, but Jesus was born to bring you salvation that can never be taken.

It’s not wrong to look forward to time with family, the excitement of exchanging gifts, or the traditions your family has in celebrating Christmas. Just remember that Jesus is the Reason for the season. Spend time today reading the Christmas story in Luke 2, then thank God for all of the blessings He has given you – starting with the gift of His Son.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.