We are approaching the holiday craze with a quick as lightening speed and many of us, entrenched in the tar pits of old tradition, hope to keep the sentiment of giving still alive.
How many of us are just going through the motions? Maybe no one will notice our sentimental feelings have left us.
Why do we cling to old traditions anyway?
I remember some years back when I was feeling this way. Everything had changed for me on the inside. I was going through a crap-ton of problems including divorce, and I didn’t see the need for going through the trouble of the “Thanksgiving Bird.” I was sarcastic, lacked thankfulness and truly longed to forget the season. I know there are other reasons for a little holiday drama and believe you me when I say, “I’ve been there”. But it sucks the joy right out of the song, “Joy to the World.” I wanted so badly for everyone to see things from my perspective. I wanted them to ask, “Why are we all doing this?” and “Who made the rules about this day, this celebration and this week?”
Jesus Christ must have felt the same way. He grew up in a spiritual household where every holiday and religious custom were observed. But when it came to the way God wanted things done, he knew traditions were about to change forever.
Look at this section of the Word of God in Matthew 15;
“Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. ” vs. 1-2
The Pharisees, or (PC Police, = Politically Correct) wanted to know why Jesus was allowing his men to disobey and not observe tradition. Tradition was a big deal. Why though? Why?
“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.”
This was a rule given to them by God through Moses. Look how they twisted it.
“But YE (You all) say, Whosoever shall say to [his] father or [his] mother, [It is] a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, [he shall be free]. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. [Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.
The Elders in the church had changed what God had given. They changed the intention the rule, and the heart of why it should be done the way God wanted it done.
Traditions dull the sharpened understanding of God’s new reality which is the New Man.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
The old traditions of men cannot compare to the new reality of God in Christ in you. God is love, when He asks you to do a task, it’s out of love not duty or obligation. God has enriched our view points, and our motives and everything that was the old way of thinking. Now, when we go about our traditional events, we can ask the God of all Flesh, how He’d like things done. Don’t be surprised if He changes things up for you. Don’t be surprised if He says go, when you think to stay, or stay when you think to go. Let Him surprise you. Ask Him this year…”God if you were me, how would you get things done during the Holidays.” Don’t be surprised if He puts a fresh new flavor on all the fossilized flavors of tradition.
God bless you today!