Do you believe that Jesus Christ was sent to earth, to live and then die for you? to pay the price on the cross for your sins? And if you believe in Him you will spend eternity in Heaven. If you have a relationship with Him, you understand the reason we, as Christians, celebrate Christmas. But, who around you is still in the dark when it comes to God?
Jesus taught that our love is 2 dimensional. . . He said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV Luke 10:27).
How are you doing with being a good neighbor? Do you know your neighbors’ names? the names and ages of their children? Do they have any pets? what are they? what are their names? What does the man and\or wife do for work? When was the last time you were in their home? When was the last time they were in your home? Unfortunately, alot of us know our neighbors only by what car they drive!
This Christmas take the initiative to be a friend. . . take them a plate of Christmas cookies or a small gift. . . have a neighborhood open house and get radical, just invite your neighbors. . . go carolling. . . offer to assist a neighbor with their outdoor decorations. And while you’re at it, talk WITH them (not to them)! Ask questions. Ask about their background, how they celebrate Christmas, and take the time to listen. Show them you care about them, that’s rare today. Give them hope by offering something relevant – point them to Jesus – be ready to relate the Gospel story in terms that they would understand. Don’t miss the opportunity! Share the true reason for the season!
Written by Marji “Mike” Kruger