This is pretty much the season of giving all over the world as we commemorate Christ Jesus’ birth. Now I know, as well as you that He didn’t arrive in this world on the 25th of December, and I also know all the controversy of the actual season of the year, BUT – this is the day that has been traditionally set aside to commemorate His birth and not just His birth, but His MISSION for coming to us in the flesh in the first place!
“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. – Romans 14:5-6a.
The Apostle Paul was very much aware of this concerning the Sabbath day as well and he echoed what Jesus stated about the Sabbath being made for man and not the other way around. As a Christian, a disciple, a student of Christ (The Anointed One) we follow the Lord’s example as unto God our Heavenly Father and we do it in faith and in purpose of our heart for we each will stand before our Heavenly Father to be judged in Christ Jesus.
I brought this all up as a foundation for what I sincerely want to put forth and no matter how you celebrate the Christmas Season, it IS a time to reflect and meditate on the greatest gift that we have been given, the Redeemer of our souls, Jesus, the Christ!
Christmas is a time when so many families and friends come together despite past differences and conflicts and for that short time each year, we are willing to overlook our diversities. Many families spend a fortune for gift-giving and sharing THINGS with one another only to go back to things as they always were until the next season comes round.
But, I am not trying to present a negative picture, but rather to show all readers that no matter your social status, no matter your financial circumstances and no matter your “religious” beliefs, Christmas CAN be a time of giving something that everyone is capable of giving!!
Many of you know where I am going ahead of time, but I truly want to re-emphasize this thought, that since true AGAPE (Godly Love) is an action and not what so many believe to be a feeling, everyone, can give the gift of LOVE to someone else and do it with a sense of genuineness and sincerity! Even if it is as simple as a smile or a greeting to someone you wouldn’t look twice at in your everyday routine, you will find it getting easier and easier the more you do it.
My other favorite that so many of you know me for, is intercessory prayer. With everything going on in the world today, and with the fear that is gripping the hearts of so many; with our brothers and sisters in the East looking for an escape and a refuge, there is no shortage of the need to pray, to intercede on the behalf of others.
Intercession is NOT hard, and it is not something that demands certain rituals, but it does demand some of your time AND focused thought. You don’t need to know all the details of a need, but you can start with your community, its leaders and businesses. Remember your law-enforcement and first responders and remember that there are many in every community that won’t have the privilege of being home with their families when the day of Christmas is celebrated. Remember the children of your town, the schools and youth groups and remember that the innocence of children is something that we should all strive to attain before the Lord!
We can remember in prayer the churches in our communities whether you are familiar with them or not, remember that something as “little” as a breathed prayer can make the difference in a congregation’s life and whether they remain focused on the Lord or not. There is NO shortage of things to pray for and in so doing you are ACTIVELY loving others. Why?
When you pray, fervently with focused thought (many have heard me say this before) you are giving of yourself and your time in pursuit of something for another; many times for those you may never meet this side of Heaven and many whom you may never KNOW their need as only the Holy Spirit does! Your time is not something you can recoup; you are actively giving away a part of yourself and in a very unselfish way! By the way, in the spiritual the opposite of Love is selfishness. A person who truly loves with a godly love, does not seek reward for their deed.
I know I may sound like a broken record when it comes to this, but I truly believe there would be a lot less pain and strife in the world (though it will always be with us) if more of us were truly praying for one another and for those we may not know personally!
So in closing, if you are not sure what to give your neighbors, or your hospital or school workers, your first responders or even your neighborhood soldiers and their families; give them something that will do the most good, pray for them; ask the Lord to give them peace, joy, safety, etc., the list is only as small as your imagination.
This season, don’t worry so much about how much you can spend in finances, but consider spreading your gifts to the greatest number imaginable and see that the Son whom we commemorate during this Season is still performing miracles in the world today!!
With heartfelt love and sincerity to all my family, friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord and especially to those newfound ones that the Holy Spirit has led me too, have a safe, joyful and a very Merry Christmas Season this year!!! My prayers I DO lovingly and sincerely send your way!!!