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Singing Loud for All to Hear

December 3, 2018, 1:53 PM

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  One of many great lines from the classic Christmas movie, “Elf”.  The movie centers on Buddy’s journey to meet his biological dad after learning that “papa” elf had taken him in years ago and wasn’t his real father, and that Buddy isn’t really an elf.  Buddy never really fit in at the North Pole, mostly due to his size and not because of his heart.  Buddy makes his way from the North Pole to New York City, meets his dad and experiences what it’s like to live in the real world where most people didn’t believe in elves nor Santa.  Buddy lived in New York like he did at the North Pole where love, cheerfulness, and hopeful expectation guided one’s day and direction.  The problem was that Buddy didn’t really fit in with his new family or his surroundings. He lived and had the heart of a citizen of the North Pole and not New York.  Buddy looked human but his heart was that of an elf.  Everywhere he went, he was spreading Christmas cheer through singing loud for all to hear.

 

Perhaps as a Christian, there are a few things we can learn from Buddy the Elf this Christmas Season.  The first is that although we are residents here in this world, we are to live as citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20) and operate daily as one would.  That leads us into another valuable lesson.  We are to live in such a way that while we look the part, our way of life and living sets us apart. We are to be different, holy because Christ is holy.  Our lives are to be a song for those who don’t believe in Christ to hear His love and see hope.  Perhaps you’ve heard it said, “preach Jesus, and if necessary use words.”  Our lives and very actions should point to our citizenship in Heaven and our new life in Christ.  But without words, we will just be another person doing some good things.  Our Words are to point out the reason for our actions!  We serve because Christ served us and gave His life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)

 

What distinguishes Buddy from the rest of the New Yorkers wasn’t just his actions, it was his words.  Buddy stood out.  Do we?  Buddy lived up to the “Code of Elves”. He treated every day like it was Christmas. Buddy’s Christmas wasn’t centered on Christ, ours is.  We should live every day filled with hopeful expectation of what Christ is going to do and in great anticipation of opening up the gift of God, which is salvation, for all who choose to open this wondrous gift.   Which leads to another part of the code.  There’s room for everyone on the nice list.  As a Christian, I believe there is room for all at the cross.  The New Testament is clear on this fact.  Christ died for all and all can find life in Christ.  (John 3:16) God’s grace and forgiveness is for all!  Not all will choose it.  We can’t make the choice for them, but we can sing loud enough by living different lives and telling them why.  Buddy lived what he believed and in the end, those who hadn’t any faith in Santa, found it.  We too should live what we believe in both our words and actions, shining as a light for Christ so that those who haven’t discovered Christ, can. He is the greatest gift.

James


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