A Challenge for Believers This Christmas

This is going to be short and sweet.  It’s December already and it hit me as I was reading Norman Geisler’s book, “Coversational Evangelism,” that within the next 30 days we are all going to be sharing multiple meals with many of our friends and families.  With that in mind, I want to invite you, the reader (and anyone else you’d like to pass this along to), to accept a challenge that may stretch you out of your comfort zone this holiday season.  Actually, that’s EXACTLY the point. With Christmas approaching at a break-neck pace, will you commit with me to slow down , fight the commercialism that so easily sucks us in, and PRAY for the opportunity to fulfill Jesus’ commission to us as His followers to share His message of hope and salvation during the holidays this year?  Chances are, if you’re anything like me, you won’t be lacking for opportunities to be around people who don’t know Jesus Christ personally…people that you haven’t seen in a while who may have been going through some “stuff” since you’ve last seen and talked with them. So, with that in mind, let’s start NOW in preparing our hearts, our minds and our spirits by asking God, through His Holy Spirit, to help us to see past our own lives and into theirs .  Yes, we all have a TON going on in our lives, but I bet if you asked some of your friends and family this Christmas what they’ve been going through, you’ll have plenty of chances to forget about yourself and offer some encouragement…or a hug that you haven’t given in a while…or a message of hope…or even just a listening ear that prepares their hearts for a future conversation with them.  By doing this, we can tangibly show our love for them by following Jesus’ example in the gospels by meeting their physical or emotional needs first while helping to “clear the bushes” for them by removing some of the obstacles that they have which have kept them from considering (or reconsidering) Christ and who He claims to be. My point is this: the mission field is coming to us in less than 30 days.  Let’s PRAY for the Holy Spirit’s leading and preparation…give ALL we’ve got to God…forget about ourselves (understanding that it’s not about us )…and give away the UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST as gifts to our friends and family this year.  And, please remember:  Be yourself!  Let’s not be CHEESY, JUDGMENTAL, or HOLIER THAN THOU…because they’ve seen enough of it all year long from other people (and sort of expect it).  What they need is you being genuine and listening to the Father that wants to speak into their lives through you this year. The Bible says, “ but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect ” (1 Peter 3:15). The Invitation 1. Build a “TOP 5 LIST” of Friends and Family If you were on your deathbed and God gave you one last chance to tell only five people about Him before you died, with the guarantee that they will accept His invitation, whom would you tell?  Obviously, there are no guarantees here, but just imagine it!  Who in your life comes to mind that you are burdened for and would cause you endless regret if you never told them about the gift of salvation that they could freely receive) before they (or you) died?  Now, sit down and write down those five names and then, over the next 30 days, as God prepares to bring the mission field to you , slow down and pray for them.  Let’s ask God, as Paul did, for opportunities to boldly open our mouths and proclaim the “mystery” of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19). 2. Accountability in the Comments Section Okay, now for the really hard part!  It’s no secret that our marriages (even the “solid” ones) are one temptation/attack away from divorce; our young children are in danger of being eternally separated from God; and our own lives are only being help up each day by the grace of God Himself.  The fact is that, apart from God, we can do nothing on our own and there are millions of Christ-followers across the world that desperately want to go deeper in Christ while longing to have deeper/consistent ACCOUNTABILITY and friendships with other believers.   This accomplishes both .   My prayer is that God will fill the comments section with men and women who will come boldly before the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) knowing that they have access with confidence (Eph 3:11) to approach the throne of the God who rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). I’m praying for all who read this (and re-post or pass it along), and I look forward to hearing whether or not you are taking up this invitation to become the men and women that God has called us to be by reaching out to a world that God loved so incredibly much that He didn’t spare His own Son in order save it.  I’ve already completed my “Top 5”…have you? Are you taking the challenge? Tell us about it in the comments! Image by  Greg Epperson / Shutterstock Related Articles: 25 Inspirational Bible Verses How to Change the World by 5pm! Hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for Less 10 Compelling Reasons to Give More Measuring the Richness of God’s Mercy and Grace The 10-Day Give Challenge Is it OK to Pray for Money? Adam Simon is a devoted Christian, husband, and father of four. At age 19, his life was dramatically changed by God, forever transforming his life to one of unwavering passion and service to Christ. 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