Don’t Miss This!

. . . the most significant events of 2012 have likely been overlooked.


It seems like there is a new headline every day—more dramatic than the day before—explaining to us how our lives will not remain the same. In this past year we have been captivated by aggressive media attention focused on hurricanes and Olympics, elections and economics, revolutions and celebrities, technology and sports. We live day-to-day looking for the next great attention-grabbing headline.

At the end of the year someone will look back over 2012 and determine which events have been most noteworthy and which people have been most influential. Accomplishments will be appraised and lauded, disasters will be evaluated and studied, but their influence will be temporary, and soon we’ll be engrossed in next year.

The irony of our preoccupation with the dramatic is that the most significant events of 2012 have likely been overlooked. Future national and world leaders entered the world as infants in 2012. Nobel Prize winners and United Nations ambassadors slipped into 2012 unnoticed, except by joyful parents. Evangelists, pastors laypeople and missionaries will represent God and bring hope to people of our neighborhoods and the nations—yet their beginnings are unknown by nearly everyone.

It is characteristic for our world to pay attention to the entertaining and miss the eternal. Jesus’ birth was obscured by world events, politics, busy schedules and a myriad of urgent issues. While government and religious leaders trudged through life, engrossed with their world-class cares, our Lord quietly left His seat at the right hand of the Father to lie in a stable. Only a handful of shepherds saw what occupied the attention of heaven.

One New Testament writer allowed us behind the curtain for a peek at the most under-publicized world-changing event of history. “[Jesus], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Phil. 2:6–7).

While the greatest story of creation was unfolding, most of civilization was unaware and uncaring. Focused upon the mundane, all but a few of earth’s citizens missed the work of God—and the presence of God—in their midst.

Now, here is the problem: I have been there. I’ve been too busy with spiritual activity to see the Savior. I’ve loved the action of ministry more than the Master. I don’t believe I’m there now, and I don’t want to return. When I get so focused on the pursuit of ministry that I am no longer consumed with the person of Christ, my life is no different from today’s headlines.

Each year at this time we have opportunity to celebrate Christ’s birth and more. We have occasion to evaluate and examine our priorities and our hearts. Is He our ministry or our Master? We can tune up our passion to focus with laser clarity on the Person of Christ.

While the world sings about our Savior, and many come to know Him at Christmas time, please join me in celebrating Him by aligning our hearts with His. Let’s not allow another year of activity to end, only to begin the cycle all over again—settling for the shadow instead of the substance of Christ in us.

Alliance Core Values

  • Lost people matter to God. He wants them found. Luke 19:10
  • Prayer is the primary work of God’s people. Phil. 4:6–7
  • Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards. 1 Chron. 29:14
  • Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. Josh. 1:8
  • Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. Matt. 28:19
  • Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish nothing.
    1 Cor. 2:4–5
  • Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.
    Heb. 11:6

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