By Mike Shindruk
So we are now in the last week of what we call the Christmas season.
Yes, the mall parking lots are full, and hopefully the church pews will be. Trees and trimmings are now adorning every home and street corner. Lights, music and planned family gatherings are on high, as we close in on the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The true Messiah, came quietly, as a baby, despite the efforts of threatened kingdoms to stop him.
For us Christians, it is a time of great anticipation and sharing of this celebration. The reality of our world, and our community is that there will be those that will try to suppress this joy. Governments everywhere are at work to try and silence His message, removing Him from schools, public buildings, and even courtrooms, yet they cannot.
Many stores will use Christmas only as a tool to improve their bottom line. There will be groups and even co-workers that will try to use political correctness to silence our singing praises to the Lamb. When some try to silence Him, He energizes us to raise His name. There will be claims and complaints of being offended by the very words, ”Merry Christmas,” or even an aptly decorated tree. There will be attacks because a display or ornament is about Jesus’ birth.
Stand proud for Him and remain steadfast in your faith and pray for those who seem to have lost, or have no faith, yet never attack those of another faith. Never be ashamed of speaking the name of Jesus. In Luke 9:26 (GNT), Jesus tells us,” If you are ashamed of me and my teaching, then the Son of man (Jesus) will be ashamed of you when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
He is alive and well in the hearts of groups in prison ministry, in missions to help our youth, and in the many hands and voices that minister to the elderly, the informed and the forgotten. God is at work in every church family in our county. We may gather in different buildings, but we all attend the same church, His. Jesus is our Lord, and what we do to, and for each other is what we do to, and for Him.
So as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, wear your nativity broach, hang an ornament, offer a Merry Christmas, do a random act of kindness as a birthday gift to Jesus and let God look after the rest.
I ask that we all remember that this past year, and the past two thousand would have never been the same if it were not for the birth of a baby named Jesus. Take a moment to read Luke 2:11 (NIV) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the messiah the Lord. Remember, God sent Jesus for all of us, carefully wrapped, aptly labelled "To all mankind, My gift to you.”
Invite someone to a Christmas concert, or church service to learn about the miracle of His birth. Ask them to come and see what the buzz is all about. Offer that perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas morning, and always remember to keep Christ in Christmas.
Master’s Hand Ministry