My thoughts turn to evangelization this year. As always, I am thinking not merely of Christ’s birth, but His life, death, and resurrection, or Christ’s complete work. The means, I am thinking of Christ’s paying the atonement for all the world (1Jn 2:2), and how I have been commissioned by Christ to go to all nations and make disciples. With all this put together it leads me to this evangelization.
With every holiday, I think of all the families getting together and how we all tell our families, “I love you.” Yet, we’re not willing to share the Gospel with them. This hypocrisy goes against why Christ came in the first place. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16–17 BOGV)
We should be loving our families in the same way God does, the same way Christ does. We should worry not about temporal peace, but the eternal destinies of our families, friends, and loved ones. Now, to be very clear, I am not saying we should pick fights at Christmas dinner. What I am saying is all year we should be trying to witness to our loved ones, not just during the holidays.
This is not a new message from me. It is something I’ve put forward before. Something we need to remember in this is the admittance of our imperfections. We need to not be hypocritical in our beliefs, but sincerely point to the relationship it is based on. When witnessing to our families and loved ones, we need to try to point out something better to believe in than religious dogmas.
Finally, we need to pray! Pray you will shine forth the light of Jesus into the life of your loved ones. This, really, is one of the more important things. We need to bring the message of Jesus and allow the work of the Holy Spirit to take place. This, truly, becomes a way for us to love people as Jesus does. Live people in such a way where we are willing to give up comfort for their salvation.
Shine the love of Christ!
Show people what Christmas means!
Merry Christmas, from Believe Better Ministries!