Prayerfully and intently I approach my December activities
that I may openly share what I know about Jesus with others.

Focus of the Month: Christmas Carols

In preparation of the coming celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, our focus for the month of December is Christmas Carols – specifically, lines from various Christmas Carols which speak a distinct message to our hearts. We open this month’s focus with a line from the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” which asks, “Do you know what I know?”

Most of us skate through our Decembers, going from one task to the next, attempting to keep up with the events whizzing by us! Buying, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, baking, decorating, volunteering, and attending holiday parties consume any bit of time we have, and often encroach upon time we really don’t have.

As we go through the motions of this haphazard skate, trying to maintain our balance and appear graceful through it all, do we ever really stop to share the love of God – the Gospel of Christ – along the way? Isn’t Jesus the reason we are buying, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, baking, decorating, volunteering, and attending holiday parties?

True, participating in these actions can be a living testimony of the love of God. But in all of our doing, we can never assume others know that Jesus came to earth to save us all from sin and death. We can never speculate others have received Jesus as their Savior, Deliverer, Redeemer, Healer, Provider, Defender. We can never presume others have personally experienced the Light of the world, the Hope of nations. We can never decide salvation for someone else.

Do others notice we have a partner with us as we glide through our December doings? If we be in Christ, and we keep Him first – at the helm of all of our holiday hustle – then others should be able to not just see our skating partner, but also to witness our perfectly coordinated synchronized skate!

In 1 John 4:14, John writes, “We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” What has God shown you? What have you seen Christ do in your life? What promise have you experienced? Have you testified about it to others? Have you shared with others what you know about Jesus?

Be encouraged as you go through your December events to not just “do” what you know – but “tell” what you know.  Ask others, “Do you know what I know?” Somewhere along the way, someone may say, “No.” In that moment, you will have the opportunity to share the hope, the love, the light of Christ. And there is no greater love – no more perfect gift – than Jesus.

Holding Fast to Hope,

Maryann

Song Reference: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Written in 1962. Lyrics by Noel Regney.  Music by Gloria Shayne Baker.