A Little Something Extra
The holidays are coming quickly! Most of us think of all we have to get done and the plans that need to be made. Who’s hosting Thanksgiving? Where’s Christmas dinner going to be? Who’s traveling and when?
There’s food to be bought and presents. And decorations have to go up. The list goes on and on. The holidays are about family and friends. But this year don’t forget those that God is concerned about. God always references the poor in the Bible and He expects us to look after the poor since Jesus tells us they will always be with us (Mark 14:7).
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and will be repaid in full.” (Proverbs 19:17).
John the Baptist said, “’Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’ And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’” (Luke 3: 9-14).
This scripture shows us that the Gospel is about living a life that is just, unselfish and thankful. This season, look for those traits in all you do for others and for yourself. Some may be surprised to find that a lot of the hustle and bustle is not necessary and doesn’t reflect the true meaning of this time of year.
This world seems to be falling apart. We are faced with violence and fear every day. And the governments of the world are failing, turning to insults and threats to get their way and be heard. So we all could use some extra kindness this season.
One of my favorite Christmas carols is O Holy Night. There is a verse that we don’t actually hear sung very often but it says:“Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.”
Jesus came to set the captives free (Luke 4:18) and as Believers we need to extend this freedom to all we meet. So this year, even if you yourself feel you only have a little, share it with those in need. God will be pleased and the Bible says He will repay you.
This is also a perfect time to teach children about giving and broaden their view of the world so they can learn compassion. And it can be fun and create family memories they’ll never forget. If helping the less fortunate is already part of your holiday tradition, then great. But I challenge everyone else to add something to your holiday routine that shows the love and mercy of Christ to those in need. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it can be for everyone involved. Like I said, we can all use some extra kindness these days! God bless you all!
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