Put Jesus First!

“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalms 34:3 NIV

I’ve been visiting my brother in Montana this past week. Aren’t the snow topped mountains beautiful?

Christmas is getting closer! Do you have all your gifts made or bought? Have you helped with all the decorations? What Christmas activities do you and your family have that are about Jesus?

This month we’ve talked about waiting to celebrate Jesus birthday and sharing the good news of His birth with others. This week we are going to look at a Psalm that King David wrote. He tells us to glorify the Lord and exalt His name. Exalt means to put the Lord higher, or first, before other things in our lives. This holiday is really all about Jesus as we celebrate His birth!

But do we sometimes forget to put Him first? I do, too. With all the activities and things going on at Christmas, we sometimes forget that Jesus is the reason for it all. We celebrate Jesus as God’s most amazing gift to the world. Jesus came for you and for me and for everyone. Jesus put us first when He left heaven to come to earth as a baby. He put us first when He died on the cross for our sins. And He put us first when He arose from the dead.

So this month as we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember to put Jesus fist. What can you do to make sure that Jesus is first in your celebrations this year? Maybe you can read the Christmas story in Luke 2 before you open your gifts. Maybe you can draw a picture of Jesus in the manger at the stable and put it on your tree. Maybe you can sing songs that praise the Lord. Talk to your parents and pick a way to put Jesus first this Christmas.

Then decide how you can put Jesus first all year long.

Blessings and joy as you put Jesus first!

Merry Christmas!

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