Oh how I absolutely love Christmas! This is the time of the year where I hear Jesus’s name the most, besides Easter His resurrection month. This is the season where we all come together to talk about how grateful we are for Jesus’s birth because if it wasn’t for Jesus, our lives would not be like they are now.
Christmas is also a sensitive time because a lot of us are not able to celebrate with our loved ones. In my relationship with Jesus, I understand how important it is to have compassion for the weak, the orphans, the homeless, the widows, the loneliness, single parents, the defenseless, and many others. I grew up in a household that did not practice compassion or in serving others. Knowing Christ was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I want to share some scriptures with you and encourage you to find ways to serve others. Be thankful and realize how fortunate you are if you have a family to celebrate with. There are ways to invite others without feeling you have to share your family traditions. You have 31 days in December to celebrate and invite the helpless or homeless to celebrate Christmas so they can have hope knowing that God truly is real. It is through your active deeds that will give them faith to continue to trust our mighty Divine God who cares for them. For it’s written:
“If one of your brethren becomes poor and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.”
Maybe poverty was their fault but maybe it wasn’t. Either way, God instructs his people to not reject those who become poor. Instead reach out to support them. Perhaps even provide a place for them to live for awhile as they get back on their feet.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10-11
“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.”
We are called to be sensitive to their situation and are challenged to not harden our heart to them. That sensitivity leads to a giving spirit…and not just any giving spirit.
“Then He [Jesus] also said to him who invited Him, ‘When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you…”
Jesus is challenging our motives with this party example. We love to hang with friends or people of status. However, sometimes we do so to gain their favor, looking for something in return. Jesus says that a party invitation to the poor reveals our heart is in the right place. We are truly seeking to bless them for they literally cannot return the favor.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Psalm 146:9 The Message (MSG/ASL)
Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
when they die, their projects die with them.
Instead, get help from the God of Jacob,
put your hope in God and know real blessing!
God made sky and soil,
sea and all the fish in it.
He always does what he says—
he defends the wronged,
he feeds the hungry.
God frees prisoners—
he gives sight to the blind,
he lifts up the fallen.
God loves good people, protects strangers,
takes the side of orphans and widows,
but makes short work of the wicked.
I’m grateful for Jesus because without Jesus, I wouldn’t have a GPS in my life to learn how to navigate my life because my marriage was one of the hardest trials I had to learn to endure. God had pruned me from what is familiar to something that’s greater in His plans. It was painful and hard but I’m so grateful that I can come to Him knowing He’ll forgive my sins and prune the lies out of my life to serve a greater purpose that’s bigger than what I wanted to begin with. If He is the God that created everything in this World, who am I to question this mighty King who was born on Christmas Day? I’d like to share one of my favorite verse:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
Because of my obedience, I was able to experience the restoration that God had planned in my life and take me out of the pit where I had thought my life was undeserved or unworthy. God said, “Perfect, qualified for be still, and know that I am God. “
I pray that we celebrate Jesus everyday because He is the only one who can unlock doors in your life. Just because my earthly figures couldn’t guide me, Jesus did. I can’t imagine my life without Him. So, yes, Jesus is the key to unlock heaven but faith is the key to unlock doors.
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