The Joy of Need . . . by Joseph Littlefield
The Joy of Need
Christmas will not have the appropriate spiritual impact in our lives until we recognize our utterly desperate need for a savior. There can be no earnest and joyful celebration in our souls about the coming of the Christ if we do not sense, in our souls, our need for the Christ who came.
How can we join with the angels in singing “glory to God” if we don’t see a messiah as a glorious thing?
How can we be comforted, as the shepherds were, by the ultimate “Good news of great joy” if we feel no need for such news?
How can we, like the wise men, fall down and worship Him as the King, if we are not longing for such a king to worship?
Christmas can, indeed, be a joyous season. But the difference between a joyful celebration and a joyless burden may well be our desire for the joy-giver. It can hinge on our desperate realization that more than any other thing that this entire world has offered, can offer, or ever will offer – we need Jesus.