Originally published Friday, 25 December 2015.
Day 25 of the Be a Light: 25 Days of Sharing Jesus with Your World series.
Well! We made it through the whole series!
Merry Christmas, dear sisters! I wonder how you shared Jesus with your world this Christmas? If you missed an opportunity this year, write it on your calendar to begin preparing for next September--it always amazes me how fast the time flies and how much time it can take to really be ready to do these kinds of outreach activities. But there ought not be any guilt over such matters--the Lord leads, provides and guides according to His will and we need not worry about doing one ounce more than just what He has called us to! The Lord's blessings over all your labors! May the Lord magnify His name through your life this Christmas season and always...
Keep it simple! No matter how hard we try, we just can’t do everything. We can’t hear God’s quiet leading to notice someone’s need when our minds are a blur with crazy to-do lists and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” interrupting any coherent string of thought. We have to cut-back, say “no,” and choose to be sacrificially simple if we are going to be useful in God’s Kingdom agenda.
Be prepared to be hospitable. Get a few little nibbles ready in the fridge/freezer/pantry, and do whatever you might need to in order to feel at ease with the notion of opening your home. If you have carolers who visit - have a tract and cookies ready. If you have a friend who might need a place to wrap presents away from her toddler - dinner at your place with some extra space & time might be a huge blessing and open opportunity to share God with her. Do what you can to share hospitality - opening your doors can open the heart doors to many people!
Be mindful of those around you who have lost loved ones this year (and in years’ past). Invite someone who might be alone this season to share in your celebrations. Pray for them to be comforted in Christ and be willing to help as God leads.
Consider how you might bless a handicapped or elderly person in your neighborhood by bringing some cheer into their world by offering to put up and take down Christmas lights/tree/decor. Leave them a little note to remind them God sees them and loves them.
Take the opportunity to thank service personnel and include a reminder of Christ’s life and love. Read more here…
Party with a purpose! Invite coworkers, neighbors, friends over for a party with an evangelistic purpose. Read more here…
Visit a rest home with a Christmas tea party, an offer to pray for their needs, and a little reminder of the true reason we celebrate the season (I know a very precious lady in our church who has done this in years past!)
Visit your local Children’s hospital with carols, toys or something to brighten their spirits and fix their eyes on Jesus as their hope.
Purchase a ticket and invite a friend to a CYT or Lamb’s Players event this Christmas. Art gets to places in the heart where words don’t reach. Read more here…
Write a family Christmas letter and instead of rattling off this year’s promotions, accomplishments or troubles, give a testimony of God’s faithfulness and grace over you and yours. Give Him the glory for every good thing and praise Him through each trial!
Take church invites to Laundromats, library community board, auto repair shops, local restaurants, preschools, etc.
Neighbor gifts – add tract, sermon on cd, or note with a Bible verse. Read more here…
Prayer walk your neighborhood. Download a prayer guide and read more here…
Invite a friend, coworker, neighbor to church – our church makes special invites for the Christmas season and also has email/fb/twitter links to pass along church event info – ya can’t get much easier than just fb posting an invite to a church event! Statistics show it takes about 8 times for a person to be invited before they say “yes” to attending church. Keep inviting… without badgering, of course
Homeless help. Keep gift cards for fast food/ restaurants in your glove box with tracts to give to the needy people on the streets that the Lord leads you to give to–this way the help won’t get used for drugs or alcohol. Read more here…
Care packages – take care packages to your local women’s crisis center, a homeless center or to assist a sex-trafficking care center. Read more here…
Listen. After recently reading through the Gospels, I noticed how often Jesus listened to people. Sometimes listening is a great act of service to someone. And as you listen, you will hear heart needs that are open doors to share the Answer to all our heart needs. Without listening we might miss those doors. Read more here…
Serve. Look for ways to serve your family above and beyond what’s “expected.” Especially if you visit family members who don’t know Jesus, pray for God to show you opportunities to serve them. Read more here…
Pray about “adopting” a Compassion child – if you and your children select a child together, begin praying over him/her and make sacrifices together to minister to that little one, it just might be the best Christmas gift (after salvation, of course) you could give or receive!
Click here to learn more about adopting a Compassion Child…
Guard you heart from the worldliness of gifting and decorating that might steal away from Christ being your center. I’m not saying gifting and decorating aren’t a fun and sweet part of celebrating the Greatest Gift, just guard against letting the pressures and stresses of the season rob you of love, joy, peace and patience. In the middle of the hustle and bustle (and often selfishness and rudeness accompanied with long lines, busy shoppers, traffic, etc) the Holy Spirit’s love, joy, peace and patience in your life will testify of Christ to those around you. Click here to read more…
Consider your Christmas traditions and how they might reflect Christ even more. Elves, Santas, Sugar Plum fairies and such aren’t necessarily bad; they also aren’t necessarily good even if they’re fun. Pray about how you can best honor the Lord in your celebrations. By fostering Christ honoring traditions, you are passing on a heritage that is eternal to your family. Your children and grandchildren are wired to learn from you/be influenced by you in a special way – pray for God to show you opportunities to share Him with your family. Read more here…
Obey. A life of obedience to Christ is the best witness! Too often Christians have used the name “Christ follower” without letting the reality of that statement into the depths of their daily living. When we live so inconsistently the world around us views us as hypocrites. As the saying goes, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.” Our actions do indeed speak more loudly than our words! Read more here…
Be ready. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to have a ready answer when someone asks us why we hope in Christ. I can say from sad experience, there’s been a few times I simply wasn’t ready! Study up, pray up and if God leads, be fasted up for the opportunities God has prepared for you to share Him. Read more here…
Care. People don’t care how much (or what) you know until they know how much you care. Ask the Lord to show you ways you can be His hands and feet to reflect His caring heart toward those who need Him this Christmas season (and always). Read more here…
Pray. I know it sounds overly simplistic, but without our moment by moment abiding in Christ we can’t bear a single ounce of fruit! So ask God to lay specific people on your heart, write their names down and commit to pray for them everyday through this season. Read more here…
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