Christmas is the one time of year when it’s legitimate to share the message of Jesus. Everywhere we turn there are people dying for one little drop of kindness. People are dying from lack of hope that is gained through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The dying may keep busy with work, family, sports, hobbies, addictive behaviors, etc. But if they don’t have Jesus, they are restless and without hope. All their busy activities are temporary solutions to their restlessness. Jesus is the only permanent solution. Jesus IS our peace. Jesus IS our hope.
One way to reach out is with a simple plate of warm cookies. Personally, I don’t bake, but we have fruit trees. We’ve walked the neighborhood, singing Christmas Carols, pulling our wagon filled with bags of avocados or tangerines from our trees. Tied with brightly colored ribbons, we’ll attach a Christmas card with the true message of Christmas. Or it might be a Christmas tract or the booklet, Would You Like to Know God Personally? by Bill Bright: http://www.everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html
An excellent Christmas tract in the form of a tiny comic in many languages: The Greatest Story Ever Told: https://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0293/0293_01.asp
Remember the postman, gardener, newspaper boy, hair dresser, etc.
Have a nut or persimmon tree? Share them! Attach a note, “Merry Christmas from the Smith Family! Jesus loves you!” The “Jesus loves you” part is most important. Be bold!
This is fun to do as a church family: reaching out to the neighborhood surrounding your church campus with gift bags of homemade cookies or produce. Be sure to enclose a booklet with the message of Jesus’ love and then extend an invitation to attend your church’s special Christmas program!
- For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14
- A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35
- SONG: One Business in Life – Quote by John Wesley (circa 1790); Remaining words, music and arrangement by Kathleen: