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.
Those who are 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
Or…a colorful bag containing a package of microwave popcorn plus a Jesus Movie! If your church orders 100 or more, the cost is just 41 cents each! Order here: https://store.powertochange.org/p-1181-jesus-special-gift-edition-dvd-s3l.aspx
Remember your mail carrier, gardener, newspaper carrier, hairdresser, 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–assuming they will have one this Covid Christmas!
- 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:
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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