We pull these words out of our CHRISTMAS box every year. They are adorned on pillows and blankets and mantle decor. They stretch beautifully over our Christmas card pictures, and they are wrapped ever so tightly as we gather together to share the reason for our Savior’s birth. And then they are put back in our Christmas box.
Oh come let us adore him.
Come Shepherd and wise men and church-goer and thief. I’m not a new year resolution keeper. Out of all my years, I can count on one hand the keeping of a promise made on that eve. This year I chose differently. I didn’t choose a typical New Year’s resolution that would make the outer me more pretty or make my bank account more hefty. I chose something that would guaranteed benefit me in the long run. I chose to resolute my heart in choosing to allow my days here on earth to be forever governed by eternity. And that’s a big resolution, if I may say so myself, given we breathe in a place that clearly makes breathing in the continuation of the Spirit sometimes difficult.
Making a resolute faith means coming to grips with the anchor. It is unwavering, non-swerve-existent, purposeful, and determined. And if any of you have things thrown at you in the day like I have things thrown at me during the day, then being non-swerve-existent is oh boy hard. When mom was diagnosed with cancer in November, many of my swerving tendencies, which I didn’t believe I had all too bad, came into my mirror with so much clarity. I learned then that this year meant a new way of thinking. It meant my actions and my words looked different. It meant… make your faith resolute. And do so with Jesus, not just with the idea and milk of His truth.
Our mind being the control center of our bodies really does control. Who would have guessed?! It’s not necessarily all of our heart or following all of our heart. What is etched in your heart comes flowing through what your mind has been exposed to, what you think about, what you choose to listen to. Your heart is a pure reflection of all the who, what, when, and where’s you dwell in.
So what happens when we pack up all that “oh come let us adore Him” – when we season our praise and admiration?
I have been led over and over to Isaiah during the last few months and I landed here this morning…
‘Arise , shine’ for Your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the people’s;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And his glory will appear upon you.
NATIONS WILL COME TO YOUR LIGHT,
AND KINGS TO THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR RISING.
Lift up your eyes round about and see;
THEY ALL GATHER TOGETHER
THEY COME TO YOU.
Your sons come from afar,
And your daughters will be carried in the arms.
Then you will see and be radiant,
And your heart will thrill and rejoice;
BECAUSE THE ABUNDANCE OF THE SEA WILL BE TURNED TO YOU,
The wealth of the nations will COME TO YOU.”
Isaiah chapter sixty verses one through five
The theme of light shining in darkness is a beacon of hope. It’s a story forever told and will never become dusty or worn. It’s one of the most powerful message our hearts could ever beat with, and it resounds an even greater theme of “COME!”
I have found it far beyond the description of crucial to resolute my faith. And I have found it crazy imperative to understand that my coming to Thee-to worship Thee-by offering my life to Thee… is walking in a light that deals up close and personal, whereas the world deals with its wealth from afar, making it a battle of “win but condemn.” So just as Christmas can’t be bought or decorated to the southern living tee, neither can our walk and faith in Jesus. Christmas can only be found. And every single day we get to find it. We get to be found in Christ.
It is to the light and to “oh come let us adore Him” that we make our way, not just in midwinter, to bring all we have for more of Him! And maybe this is why we are taught to never stop worshipping the baby in the manger… so we wouldn’t follow along out of obligation or for checklist points. Could it be that believers are claimed by life-blood because with the baby came a torn veil that helped our eyes to see and heart’s pump in the dwelling of the Spirit?!!
You see… worship is a pure product of seeing Him. And our faith trusts in that. That His presence through life-worship can be seen as clearly as the tree outside my window. And the more we truly see Him, the more our will and faith bends to His promises.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians chapter one verses eighteen and nineteen.