Christmas and the Little Drummer Boy

What the Little Drummer Boy Teaches Us About Christmas

By the time you read this post, I expect you may be stretched out on a recliner, sipping the last of the minty eggnog the kids can’t have, pants discreetly unbuttoned to accommodate for the necessary additional breathing room.

Before you drift off into over-indulgence induced sleep, let me ask you: Are you sure that you’ve exchanged gifts with everyone? I bet you forgot Someone. What did you get for the One who gave you life? You could at least get Him a coffee mug for all the late nights He spends carrying your burdens.


You can take a tip from one of my favorite Christmas classics: The Little Drummer Boy.

An incredible new rendition of The Little Drummer Boy by for King and Country left me stunned and inspired, and I’ve been waiting all month to tell you about it. Follow along with me to learn what The Little Drummer Boy has to say about the newborn King of Kings.

Jesus Came to Earth to Bridge the Gap of Sin So We Could Have an Intimate Relationship with Him.

Come, they told me *
Our newborn King to see *
Our finest gifts we bring *
To lay before the King **
So to honor Him *
When we come

“And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart.”

(Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)

He already pursued you to the point of surrendering His reign over the universe to be born as a helpless baby, in a cold cave occupied by animals.

The irony is that we’re the ones that benefit most from this relationship. Not only must we seek Jesus, but also submit to His Word, with the same unbridled intensity in which He submitted to His Father. In fact, I propose that this concept can be summarized in a simple equation: Seek + Submit = Peace.

Jesus Came to Earth Because We Couldn’t Come to Him.

Little Baby *
I am a poor boy too, *
I have no gift to bring *
That’s fit to give our King **

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
(Romans 3:23 NKJV)

Just as a hunter who misses by an inch will lay awake just as hungry as the hunter who missed by a foot, so it is with our attempts to stand worthy in God’s presence on our own.

We all miss the mark of God’s expectations for us. Big sin, little sin-it’s all just sin. We can’t come to Him, but He loves us too much to be apart, so He came to us.

Jesus Came to Earth So That We Could Show His Glory By Serving Each Other With the Gifts He Gave Us.

Shall I play for you, *
on my drum?
Mary nodded *
The Ox and Lamb kept time *
I played my drum for Him *
I played my best for Him **

“Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others,
as good managers of the varied grace of God.”
(1 Peter 4:10 HCSB)
Don't let Christmas come and go without remembering why Jesus came.

He didn’t come so that I could write, and so that Harry Simeone would write a catchy song, or so that for King and Country could re-write the melody for a new generation. But in using the gifts God gave us, we will become a tangible example of His grace to others. God doesn’t even want perfection, He just wants your best from your heart.

This is the part of the song that really hit me this year:

All Jesus wants is me.

He wants me to do my best for Him, with the gifts He gave me.

I am a child of God; He is our Father.

Were your most treasured gifts from your kids purchased from a jeweler? Or is it similar to a treasured gift I received from my daughter? A letter, written when she was around 7 years old. It’s full of errors in punctuation, capitalization, and grammar, but if the house is burning down, this is the one item I’m grabbing on the way out:

Dear Mom,
I love you (an) this is wiy you are so loveing. Your are so beautiful. You are so giving. I love you mom! So Happy mother’s day!!

She gave me her heart, the best she could.

Jesus Came to Earth Because You Make Him Smile

Then He smiled at me *
Me and my drum

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
(Psalm 194:4 NKJV)

Many scriptures describe how our Father takes delight and pleasure in His children.

No, we don’t deserve it, but He loves us anyway.

Yes, we screw up every day, but His children make Him smile.

He doesn’t mind your mess, He just wants whatever is genuinely you.

I encourage you to give the Newborn King of Kings something from your heart, whatever that might look like.

However, if you’re sticking with the coffee mug idea, I’d like to recommend you get a custom-printed one done. It could say something like this:

Dear Jesus,
I love you and this is why

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Note: This post was inspired by a Facebook post my Aunt Sharon shared the first week of December. In case you passed out in a shopping aisle somewhere after Thanksgiving and didn’t see for King and Country’s Little Drummer Boy live in Phoenix, I encourage you to treat yourself to something totally different and amazing!

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    1. Hi Melissa! I couldn’t agree with you more. Perfectionism was a primary source of anxiety for me for many, many years, so the idea that God just wants me as I am brings an incredible sense of relief and freedom. Thank you so for your comments.

    1. Hi Alice. I’m a child of the 80’s so the drums and lights in this video are just mesmerizing to me. I’m so glad you loved the post and the video, and I’m grateful for your comments!

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