Daily Reflections

A Humble Christmas

December 11, 2021 Shannon Popkin

“Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:45

I don’t set out to hijack Christmas, but somewhere in the chaos of shopping, wrapping, and baking, my motives can subtly shift. What began as a desire to serve, share, and give becomes tainted with a desire to self-serve, receive, and get.

What would it look like to appropriately celebrate the day the King of kings humbled Himself and became a baby? What would Christmas be like if we took the form of a servant, the way Jesus did?

Perhaps we would quietly hang ornaments, frost cookies, and wash the floor without grumbling about how busy we are. Maybe we would be less fixated on finding the perfect gift and more content to invest time in those we love. Maybe instead of insisting on our own plans, we would concern ourselves with honoring others’ wishes.

This Christmas, how can you tuck everything you are and have into the form of a servant? How can you celebrate the birthday of a baby-King by lifting others up?

Make it Personal

How could a mindset of humility change the way you approach the holiday season this year?