In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we encounter many different types of people. But most have one thing in common– they miss the point. We see them at malls buying gifts. We drive by their houses adorned with decorations. They may suddenly show up at church Christmas Eve. They celebrate Christmas, but have no idea why.
How do we share the "true joy" of Christmas? Here are some suggestions:
Focus on others – We often think of Christmas as a time for sharing and caring, but very often people are stressed and focused on getting things checked off their “to do” lists. Rare is the person who is willing to slow down, focus on others, and lend a listening ear. Be that person and put others above yourself.
Be proactive, not provocative – Don’t complain about businesses that don’t include Christmas in their decorations or correspondence. They most likely are not owned by Christians. Why demand that they advertise about a Savior they don’t even know? As Christians, we want to be known for Who we trust in, not what we boycott.
Talk about the Who and why of Christmas – Each year, believers make it a point to tell people about the “Who” of Christmas, that Jesus is the “reason for the season.” Why not take it a step further? Tell them why Jesus came, to die for our sins (Matthew 1:21). Make Christmas about Christ, including His death and resurrection, freely sharing what He means to you personally and how they can know Him.
Reach out to a neighbor – Ask the Lord to lay one or more individuals or families in your neighborhood on your heart. Bake a batch of goodies to deliver to their door and include a verbal or written expression of Christmas greetings along with a verse or two about Christmas. As you talk with them, pray for boldness and for opportunities in the conversation to share the gospel and follow the Lord’s leading. Even if you don’t get far in the conversation, you have planted a relationship seed which may lead to future opportunities.
Step 1: Choose a Christmas verse & write it down on a card with a message for your neighbor
- “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
- “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 1:11).
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
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- Step 1: Choose a Christmas verse & write it down on a card with a message for your neighbor
Editor's Note: This post is adapted from an article originally posted in December 2015.