Sharing Christmas Joy

Friday, December 4, 2020
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Luke 2:10-11 – And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (ESV)

Mark 13:10 – And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. (ESV)

A friend texted me one morning, "What nail salon do you go to? I need a new one."

I quickly replied, "The one by Safeway. There's a young girl who does a good job. I don't know her name."

Several hours later, I received this text: "Julie did a great job on my pedicure. Great opportunity to talk about the Lord."

What? She already knew the young girl's name and had "a great opportunity to talk about the Lord"? I've been going there for several years. Julie's done my pedicure several times, but I hadn't known her name, and had never thought to talk to her about the Lord.

I was ashamed of both my lack of attention to Julie and my lack of witness. I usually grab the control for the massage mechanism and start reading a book on my phone. Julie is easy to talk to and speaks more clearly than the other Vietnamese nail technicians there. Why didn't I chat with her?

My friend is a bold witness, rarely missing a chance to tell people about God or offer to pray for them. I started thinking about opportunities that I'd missed. Then, it occurred to me that this Christmas season is the perfect time to begin looking for such opportunities.

I can make sure that I say "Merry Christmas" each time someone wishes me something like "Happy holidays". If there's time and an opening, I can explain why I think that it's important to do so.

When I'm shopping, I often chat with people I encounter in the store aisles or the checkout lines. During this month, I can focus my comments more specifically on what Christmas means to me.

I give gifts to the workers in the gated community where I live. I will include a Christ-focused message in each one.

My yard decorations will focus on Jesus' birth, not reindeer, Santa Claus, or elves.

Instead of saying "I'll pray for you" when I hear of a need, I will pray right then, either in person or by email, text, or Facebook comment.

That's a good start, but I'm sure that more opportunities will arise. I just need to pay attention and not leave out anyone who needs to know about God, His blessings, and His grace. If you need to grow in this area, will you join me in prayer today?

Prayer: Father, as Paul says in Romans 1:16, help me to show that I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is Your power for salvation to everyone who believes. I want to be bold to share the good news. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good challenge, Sharon.

    Sharon, thank you for this encouraging devotion. It is always time to grow in areas that need building up.

    Dear Sharon,
    I certainly need to grow in this area. Thank you so much for this devotional.

    Thank you, Sharon. We all need to be reminded that there is always an opportunity to share the gospel and we need to take the time to do that.

    Thanks, Sharon, for sharing this timely devotional with us. In our increasingly secular culture, it’s true that our witness could help to change it. Blessings.

    Oh brother, Sharon, you are preaching to the choir…or at least this member of the choir. Thank you for this great devotional.

    Greetings Sharon,
    Thanks for writing today and expressing a good idea for us to be more conscious to spread God’s word when we interact with others. Sharing with others about the love and care that we can receive from knowing Jesus is helpful at any time but I think especially important these days when so many are suffering from feeling isolated and alone.
    Blessings for your devotional writings.

    Good morning Sharon,
    Good devotional this morning. I too am guilty of not speaking about my faith not just to strangers but also to members of my family. Believe me I have tried on occasion, but quite often it seems so futile. I have/had no trouble speaking good words of faith from the pulpit or in my long term care centre Bible discussions, because after all that’s what they expect from me, but with a person who is not interested I have found and still find it very difficult.
    Thanks for writing and I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas.

    Wonderful advice.
    Thank you.

    Dear Sharon Cook,
    This is a great devotional.
    Sometimes I think we can also ask, “How can I pray for you?”
    I pray for you the best of joys of reading the scriptures about the first Christmas and that God will give you opportunities to pray for and with people at this season and beyond.

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for the very fine devotional.
    May God bless you with such wonderful thoughts and experiences of the birth and life of Jesus that you cannot but speak of them to the persons with whom you will have opportunities.
    You made me think to pray too about what I can do to help persons who have not heard the good news of “Jesus came at Christmas so you can live forever in his joy. He saves you for eternity.” Pray with me. Thank you.

    Very good devotional as usual. It was a conviction for me, and I will do better.

    Thank you, Sharon, for pointing out how we lose focus of what this season represents.

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