Well, it’s finally here. Maybe you’ve waited all year to deck your halls, shop and wrap beautiful gifts to place beneath your twinkling tree. There’s just something about this time of year. Isn’t there? People feel happier. They’re friendlier. You go around singing Christmas carols and giving. It’s a beautiful picture of the Gospel. And the Gospel is what we are celebrating. It’s the fact that Jesus’ birth is being remembered and commemorated that puts something quite transformational into the air.
It isn’t magical. It’s supernatural. God has set the stage for His Word to be proclaimed. No excuses this time. The setting is perfect. The moment is right. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for the hope that is in you.” The context for this verse is that the church is being encouraged to stand during persecution. They are called to be aliens in this world. Christ makes us different from the world. As Christ lives inside believers, it should cause our lives to reflect Him. Our peculiar way of living causes some to ask what is different about us. We are commanded to tell everyone in love the truth that they are sinners in need of salvation. Salvation can only be found in Christ. We are the ones who have hope!
We are the Lord’s vessels. It is a daunting and amazing thing for God to choose to use us to share His love with the world. This is how we honor Him and what He has done for us. This world is certainly in need of hope. This time of year also points out the needs around us. There are those without food, clothing and shelter. We adopt angels from the Angel Tree and buy goats for families in other countries through Samaritan’s Purse. We pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. These are all amazing ways to live out the Gospel. But, please, don’t forget to share the Gospel. With everyone. Every day. Especially, right now. It is a life changing, eternity altering message. It is more than being a humanitarian. It is about being an ambassador. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God,’” 2 Corinthians 5:20.
Are you being used by God to appeal to and plead with this world to make peace with God through the blood of Christ? If not, it isn’t because God doesn’t want to use you. As you watch Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Elf, don’t forget to tell people the true meaning of Christmas. As you bake cookies and build gingerbread houses, don’t forget to be an ambassador for the Gospel. As you wait in long lines, eat and laugh with your family, don’t forget to tell them that the child who’s birth we celebrate died and rose again for their sins.
Merry Christmas to each of you and your families! May God save many souls this Christmas season, and may He use each of us to spread His Word! Blessings!