One Baltimore church congregation found the answer to their financial difficulties hanging on the wall of their church building. It had been “hiding” there for more than 25 years, but someone finally recognized the valuable piece of art hanging on a wall in the chapel. It was a valuable woodblock print by Albrecht Durer, dated back to 1493, depicting the angel of the Lord telling Mary she would give birth to God’s Son.
Some of the church members couldn’t believe they had been unaware of the old masterpiece and its tremendous value. They asked, “If it were real, why would it be here?”
What about you? Are you overlooking the value of the same event pictured on that woodblock print? Jesus isn’t hiding. The fact that He came to earth in human form is clearly announced in the Bible. It is reflected in art, our hymnbooks, and the written works of saints and scholars. Yet we still neglect the significance of Christ’s birth.
This season, determine that you are not going to get so wrapped up in activities and programs– such as shopping, parties, cooking, and more– that you miss the valuable worth of knowing exactly who that Baby was and sharing the story with those in your life. Let’s not miss out on the genuine worship of Jesus during this season. Take some time to go before Him in prayer and worship singing songs of praise. He came to save us from our sins and give us eternal life—that is reason to give Him the worship He deserves!
Ask God to help you avoid getting wrapped up in unnecessary activities this season that will take away from praising Him. Give glory to Jesus for being your “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). (from Senior Living)
The world’s greatest discovery comes the moment you learn and accept the truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. It won’t pay off your credit cards, but it will cancel your sin debt forever! –HDS