Lessons From Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was made famous by a department store named Montgomery Wards in the late 1930's.  (A few of you might remember them.)  Of course, since then we have heard the song over and over again.  (If you heard it the first time, that would have been in 1949.)

So, what do Rudolph and Christmas have to do with each other?  Well, on the surface not that much.  This story isn't about a Jesus or shepherds.  But there are a few things I would like to point out to you that you might think about this Christmas season.

Rudolph was a reject. 
Rudolph was a young buck whose nose glowed like a light bulb.  The other reindeer rejected Rudolph and made fun of him.

Jesus was a reject.  He came from a mom and dad who were unwed.  He was born into a poor family. King Herod wanted Him dead.

During a season that celebrates God's goodness and love to us - shouldn't it be our goal to include the "rejects" of our world?  The family member who just doesn't quite fit in.  The friend whose family isn't nearby?

Rudolph's searched for acceptance. 
Rudolph ran away.  He connected with an elf who was also a reject.  (He would rather pull teeth than make toys.)  Together they discovered the Island of Misfit Toys and there found acceptance.

Jesus was a misfit.  All through His ministry, the educated religious lot reminded Him again and again that He was getting it all wrong.  Fortunately, Jesus' mission and self-worth were never connected to their opinion.

Where do the rejects of this world go?  Don't think that it's just people in physical need, it's individuals who are in emotional needs too.

Grit! 
Remember Yukon Cornelius?  He was greatest prospector of the North who never seems to find any silver or gold.  But that doesn't stop him, even when faced with the Abominable Bumble.

But Jesus had something that Yukon had.  Grit!  Jesus never gave up on His mission to give His life for us and be the example of who is Heavenly Father is to us every day.

Santa was a good leader. 
When faced with the fact that Christmas might get canceled due to a snowstorm, Santa recruits Rudolph to light the way.  Talk about working in your giftings!

Yes, I know that Jesus is the light of the world and comparing Rudolph to Him might be considered sacrilegious by some.  But here is my real point.

Are we the light of the world?  In the darkness and cold of life can people see our faith?  Can they see our love for them?  Can they see our compassion?

Or to put it another way. 
Luke 19:10  "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (ESV)
The Son Man (Jesus) came (Christmas) to seek and save the lost (Easter).

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to accept the rejects of this world today.  I realize that you died for them just as you did for me.  I also understand that you accept them just as you accept me.  Now help me to let them know what I know.  You love me!  Thank You Jesus!  AMEN! 

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