Hello Friends, you know Christmas is the time of year when many people feel pressured to purchase gifts for their family, employees, or vendors. I was driving on the 405 N today and a car suddenly came up behind me. As I looked in my rearview mirror to see if I was going to be hit, I saw what was distracting the driver. The gentleman driving the car was talking on the phone, driving and simultaneously brushing his teeth with a sonicare toothbrush! No sooner could I get a good look at his face and he swerve off to my side and zoomed past me. I watched him weave and swerve through traffic while he continued to brush his teeth and adjust his tie.
When we look at the purpose of Christmas, the reason that we celebrate is because God gave us the ultimate gift – the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16) If there is one message at Christmastime, it’s the joy of celebrating with our family, friends, and loved ones, but also the amazing gift of love that is given to each of us. God demonstrated his love to us by His actions. His love is an expression of His character because that is His very nature. God is love.
To be a believer – to have Christ within – means to be loving. The Christian life is a giving life – a generous life. We only have to look at what Christ modeled for us to see that he gave generously to others. It’s not just reserved for one day of the year, but rather it is a mindset – a way of being. And I don’t necessarily mean giving gifts: to be giving means to give in any area that God has gifted you where you are able to bless others. Generosity can be expressed through the giving of your time, lending of a hand, listening of an ear, helping with a project, connecting others to resources etc. This mindset of generous living is uncommon in our “selfie” society today. But friends, let me tell you from personal experience… the blessings of giving are limitless! For 67 years my Grandparents (93 &92 y/o) have faithfully served in their church and they have left a legacy of love that has saved and ministered to countless lives. “They will know you by your love” (John 13:35).
The power of love is what Christmas is all about. Love comes from the heart of God, and we have that love to share with others. That’s what the Bible means when it says, “Dear friend, since God loves us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (1John 4:11). Love is not known until you give it away, just like God gave us His son. So this Christmas, instead of rushing on the freeway to pick up that last-minute gift or running to the mall to get the new widget that will be obsolete in 2 months, choose to do something different instead. Show people who God loves them by your actions. His love is the reason that we have Christmas, and the only way that others will know the true meaning of Christmas is if you show others the love that God so generously has given us.
Dr. Christy 🙂