At Christmas, one of the things that should distinguish a Christ follower is a love that reaches out to the marginalized and the forgotten.
Such giving is an act of true worship. For Jesus this is personal. Read the Christmas narrative and remember that the Son of God chose to be born into a family that was struggling with poverty. Nobody expected the Messiah to be born in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem.
Over and over again in scripture we see Jesus teaching that He is on the side of the impoverished. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same–to lavishly love the poor, the hurting, and the lonely. The people in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our cities, and around the world.
When God’s people serve in humble, generous ways, the story of Jesus is told again and again. The poor in our world will be touched by God through how we choose to celebrate Christmas. Through our actions and our words, people will be reminded that they are loved by the Creator of the universe and He has not forgotten them.
WHEN WE SHOW LOVE IN THE NAME OF GOD, GOD SHOWS UP.
That’s part of the mystery of partnering with Jesus in the work he is still doing. Remember to love and serve not out of place guilt but as an act of worship. We must not forget that. The good news of the gospel is for all people, including us! We radically love others because we have personally experienced the radical love of God. That changes our hearts and it should change the way we celebrate Christmas.
HERE ARE FIVE IDEAS TO HELP YOU LOVE ALL THIS CHRISTMAS:
- Donate the money you saved from spending less.
- Invite someone to church with you this week. Share a meal together after.
- Be the person with an extra dose of patience this week. Listen well to others, offer grace.
- Pray for families around the world that are in need: single moms, refugees, villages without clean water, the homeless in your city.
- Find a local organization to volunteer at. Go with your family, friends, or small group. Then talk about the experience and see what you learned.