As Christian men and
women, we know the true meaning of Christmas in our
hearts, but how many of us proclaim this fact to the
world around us during the holidays?
We can gently
challenge those who would see Christmas as a time for
commercialism and greed by letting our actions speak for
Pass It On
Want to give a special gift to a friend or coworker?
Give them the gift of the Word. Share the Christmas
story, and I don’t mean “’Twas the Night before
Christmas”. Pre-printed leaflets recounting the miracle
of Jesus’ birth can be purchased from a Christian
bookseller. Or, add that personal touch and create a
booklet of your own. A small item, such as a candle, can
be included too. Fill a weary heart with God’s message.
Share His Love
When someone invites a person to their house, it
signifies that they wish to share their good fortune
with them. When we accept Christ into our lives, his
home becomes our home. Invite a friend or coworker to
God’s house for an Advent service or a Christmas
program. They will be glad they came.
For people living on the fringes of society, life gets a
little bit harder around the Christmas holidays. Suicide
rates increase. Those in urgent need, like the poor and
destitute, become more so due to the weather conditions
that time of year. God cries out for us to show His
Volunteers are a welcomed sight at holiday time. Soup
kitchens and food banks seek extra people to prepare and
serve hot meals and help with food box deliveries. The
social services agency can provide particulars on
families in the area that want to be “adopted” for
Christmas. As a church body, everyone can pitch in and
provide gifts and other necessary items. Providing gifts
for orphaned children can also be a church project or
one taken on by individual families within the
congregation. If you see a need that has yet to be met,
begin your own program to provide it.
The object here is to let Christ’s light shine in the
life of another. During his lifetime, Jesus met each
person at their level of need. Someone whose belly has
been filled with food you helped to provide will be
ready to hear more about the God you serve.
A commitment to Christ is a commitment to communicate
his life and love to others. If Christ is number one in
our lives, our actions should let everyone know it. As
Christians, we have a unique opportunity to bring to the
world, a true understanding of the Christmas season.
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