Have you noticed the impressive large Christmas trees set up in many shopping malls? Surely you have noticed the beautifully wrapped presents piled up under most of these trees? You will see many children’s eyes wide as they look at these bright, shiny, shimmering presents, often with attractive ribbons around them?
Over the years, when my children were very young, they each asked: What's in those boxes? The answer is: Absolutely nothing! They are beautifully wrapped and attractively presented, but the presents under these Christmas trees in the shopping malls are all empty!
The world offers so much, but in the end it turns out to be empty. The world, the flesh and the devil promise you everything you could possibly desire. If only you will buy their product or service, you are promised all the fun, fame and fortune you could desire. All the power, popularity, prestige and possessions your heart could desire. But like those alluring and attractive looking presents under the Christmas trees in the mall, the promises of the world turn out to be disappointingly empty. For those who pursue materialism they will find merry go rounds that get them nowhere, mazes that get them lost and dead-end streets that will frustrate their desires. Hedonism and existentialism prove to be short sighted, meaningless, empty and purposeless. What are you searching for? What is your purpose in life? What's in the boxes you have been obtaining from the world?
Trends are TreadmillsDo not waste your life on the empty boxes of the world. The time wasting treadmill of trends, fashions and fads are ultimately frustrating. Do not settle for less than God's very best. God gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him. "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29: 30
What is Your Life's Purpose?
What are you seeking for in life? What is the chief end of man? To glorify God, and enjoy Him forever. Christmas should remind us of the danger of missing out on what is most important. We read in the Bible: "… there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2: 7
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6: 33
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa