Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Challenge

It's not too many days until Christmas--less than a month.

With the passing of Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season into full swing, the signs of the coming holiday are everywhere. Radio stations are playing Christmas music. Christmas decorations and lights line the streets of the business districts. Homes are sporting the seasonal decorations. Parties and family gatherings are being planned.

It is Christmas time!

For those that recognize the holiday as the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus (that's the Christ part of Christmas), we often lament the fact that so much of the seasonal activities have little to do with the birth of our Savior. Sadly, we are guilty of participating in the festivities while condemning those that ignore the spiritual significance of the holiday.

For the followers of Jesus, I offer the following challenge:

As your conversations turn to the things of Christmas, make it a point to mention the birth of the Christ child. Ask if their family celebrations include celebrating the birth of Jesus. Invite them to your church's Christmas service. Share how you keep Christ in Christmas.

Let us, the followers of Jesus, make the commitment to share the story of Christmas this Christmas season.

Can I get an "Amen" as a sign that you will accept this Christmas challenge?

John <><

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