Here we are again. lt’s Christmas! This season our thoughts usually turn to wish lists, gifts, shopping and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It’s a great time of year and there’s nothing wrong with having a wish list, but Christmas has a deeper meaning – it’s the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest Gift of all. How do we as Christians help turn our, and our family and friends, focus from the gifts to the Giver? The answer can be found in Matthew 25:34-40. Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.” (NIV) Since Christmas is the time we celebrate “Jesus’ birthday”, the way we give gifts to Jesus is by sending His brothers and sisters – other children of God, especially those less fortunate.
Here are some ideas to help you participate in sharing the greatest gilt of all, Jesus Christ.
Words. Whether written or spoken, words are food to the soul. Jesus spoke such love with His words, and think about how we cherish them! Write handwritten letters to your friends and family. Anything that is spoken or written that will communicate clearly of your love and God’s care for them, will have a long lasting impact.
Time. Occasionally, l’ll take a few of our youth a movie and then to the Wendy’s right there by the Mall. We laugh and joke at each others expense, discuss the movie, sing a few songs, laugh some more and just have a great time. They have more fun than they would have if they’d done something else with their friends. This is because when some- one we care about goes out of their way to show them that they truly care about them, it means so much more. We all crave a little attention sometimes. Be there for each other.
Service. Jesus showed his love for his disciples by sending them. There are countless ways we can serve the church and the lost, DO SOME!! The other day 17 of us (the youth and I) made and delivered 19 Christmas Baskets to some families that could use them. What a blessing it is to be able to bless others! Of course service is not seasonal, we must always be looking for more ways to reach the needs of others.
To keep the true meaning of Christmas, serve God by serving others as you celebrate the greatest gift of all.