Lucky Charms! They’re magically delicious. Anyone who grew up in the 1970s will undoubtedly remember the little leprechaun and his magic wand. In fact, I still like to buy that cereal occasionally. Usually stale marshmallows aren’t something you would choose to eat. But, sprinkled in cereal it seems to be okay. Do you believe in lucky charms? No, I am no longer talking about the cereal. I am wondering about a rabbit foot key chain, a special coin you might carry or a religious relic of some sort. Maybe you read a horoscope or stop to have your palm read.
For the Christian there is no such thing as luck. As Christians, the Bible tells us that we are seated with Jesus Christ in all heavenly realms. (Ephesians 2:6) Not only are we in relationship with Jesus Christ, we are positionally seated with him. Imagine for a moment that you met Jesus Christ in human form and were having coffee with him at a breakfast place. (For the anti-caffeine crowd, Jesus is having orange juice in the story just for you). On the way in to the restaurant, you had grabbed a newspaper. At one point, you stop the conversation with Jesus so you can look up your horoscope for the day. How do you think that would go over? There you are sitting in a restaurant with the Creator of the stars and you stop the conversation to read a horoscope based upon the positioning of the stars. I wonder how disappointed Jesus would be that you bypassed him in order to read Jeanne Dixon.
Jesus didn’t experience luck and neither do those who believe and follow him. It wasn’t bad luck that caused Judas to betray Christ. When Roman soldiers captured him and physically assaulted him, it wasn’t because he hadn’t read his horoscope that day. As spikes were being gouged into his hands with a Roman sledge hammer, it wasn’t because Plan A had failed. Ephesians 1:4 and Colossians 3:3 give us great insight into how Jesus Christ’s execution upon a wooden t-bar wasn’t an accident.
God always had a plan for you. He knew that you would walk this earth thousands of years ago. And, God loved you so much that you were certainly on His mind when Jesus came to this earth. The idea of luck quickly falls away when you consider that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit as Christians. Nothing is by chance when the God who created the universe is in your heart and in your life. When we are truly guided by the Spirit of God, luck can’t come anywhere near our lives because God has a plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 gives us some insight into the nature of God. He was communicating to Israel that He had plans to prosper them and not to harm them. How much more does God have plans for those who are seated with Him in heavenly places? As this Christmas season unfolds, celebrate Jesus in the manger. But, don’t stop there. For this little baby born in a manger so many years ago wants to transform your life. Don’t see this infant child as just a cute little darling to celebrate in December. This baby was the Lord Jesus Christ who came to redeem man to Himself. This little baby had people who followed Him and lost their lives. This little baby came to bring deliverance to captives, not just wonderful songs to listen to near the end of the calendar year. This year, don’t see Jesus as a good luck charm. See Jesus Christ as your Master, your Lord, the Prince of Peace, the everlasting Father, and the great I Am.