It’s time for a challenge. The Christmas Challenge!
This is a season of giving gifts… because we were given the GREATEST gift, Jesus Christ. But along with that gift, we were each given personal, unique gifts to use in serving others. These gifts come in the form of things like compassion, encouragement, generosity, teaching, leadership, hospitality, behind-the-scenes serving… and sooo many others. A gift can be as broad as “being wise” and as specific as “being a good cook”. The Bible says… we each have them! A special set of gifts of our very own.
So this Christmas, my challenge to you is to use your gift. Any gift. Do something that you normally wouldn’t – that puts you in a place where you are serving another person’s need this season.
For some people, Christmas can be the hardest time of year. Many can’t afford to buy their children Christmas presents. Some don’t even have a home to decorate or put a tree in. Others are away from family, or have a broken home.
How can you use your gifts to help? Is there one person or family that you know who has a need this Christmas? Is there a homeless shelter that is looking for volunteers? Is there a place you could set up a free hot cider stand and ask to pray for each person you give the cider to? Is there a gift on your Christmas list that you know someone else could use more than you? Is there a song you could sing or a word you could speak to someone who may need it more than you know?
This is the Christmas Challenge… and I’m doing it too. I have a few things in mind that I’m going to do this month, and will share with you what they are and how they go. Pray about it, and see what the Lord would have you do. I’m praying that each of you will take this challenge – I’m looking forward to hearing from those who do. Let’s encourage each other with our stories!
Each one of us has a gift. What will you give?
“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28