Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Go Tell It On The Mountain"1 (Lyrics)
Christmas is here; at least, a shopper's Christmas is here. Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, and toys are proudly displayed in store windows and shelves — beautiful, shiny objects to attract and entice the consumer. Well-thought-out advertisements in the local newspapers and magazines feature the latest in gadgets and toys.
But Christmas is not about running around at the last minute getting "just the right gift" or getting the latest version of a cell phone or buying the latest edition of a computer software product. Christmas is about a Baby.
You've heard the story many times. Over 2000 years ago, an angel tells Mary, a virgin, that she will give birth to a baby and to name this baby "Jesus". Joseph and Mary, as part of a census, travel to Bethlehem to look for a place to stay as Mary's time to give birth is imminent. But because of the census, rooms at the inns were all taken. A kindly innkeeper offers them a stable where Mary gives birth to Jesus. Angels proclaim Jesus as a Saviour for all people. Shepherds come to adore Him, and wise men bring Him gifts.
Now imagine: if the kind innkeeper had not offered his stable, Mary and Joseph would have been homeless. Jesus would have been born outside, underneath the stars. Perhaps the night would have been a little cold also.
This Christmas season, may we be so bold as to step out of our comfort zone and help out in our shelters by preparing hot meals and offering a person who is without a home, a place to lay their head and keep warm for the night. If that isn't possible, perhaps donating food items to the local food bank or hosting a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at your local church for people without homes are other ways of giving. If you are unable to do that, then consider sharing your gift of singing Christmas carols with the elderly in an old age home or in the local hospital.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, what whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB)
John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (NASB)
As the season of Christmas approaches, let us share our time and gifts with each other.
Prayer: Father, we thank You for the wonderful gift of Your Son, Jesus, who willingly sacrificed Himself for our sake. He shared His life on earth to tell of Your wonderful love for us all. Thank You that He came to save us and offer Himself as a gift to us so that we may not die but live. Amen.