Sincerity – being yourself in any direction.
“Sincerity makes the least ,am to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.” Charles Spurgeon
“Fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth.” Joshua 24:14 NASB
Sincerity is one of those qualities in which you hear more and more around Christmas time of year, especially concerning children. The sincere heart of a child around Christmas time is seen a lot. “But mommy or daddy, I really, really need that (Insert latest gimmick, trend, or clothing here)” The problem is no matter how authentic the motive, it doesn’t always work out that way.
In the movie: A Christmas Story, the little boy Ralphie really wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. But this is no regular Red Ryder BBB Gun. It is the one Ralphie dreamed about since he was small. (Though the fact is, he still is small). The response, “You’ll poke your eye out, kid.” The movie goes through the many misadventures of Ralphie’s family and the lesson learned is that sometimes it is best to be sincere and truthful.
As we reflect on this time of year, remember the season isn’t about us. The season is about Him! Our own pursuit of becoming sincere, authentic, and serving the Lord should reflect this. Our Father knows what we need even before we ask. Just like parents know what their children need before they ask. (Despite asking for the latest trend or gimmick). So the next time you reflect on some Christmas movie, or go shopping this season, please be sincere and reflect that Jesus was born in the shadow of a tree, the Tree of Calvary for you and me.
From my family to yours – we want to wish you a Merry Christmas. Keeping Jesus the reason for the Season.
Your Smiling Preacher, Gerrard
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