No one disputes it. Christians and non-Christians both agree Christmas is all about giving. That is why it brings out the best in us. Our focus turns to others instead of ourselves.
But for the Christian, we must answer two questions: the one we have thought about a lot, and the other we have not thought about enough.
Question #1 – What is the greatest gift God could ever give?
The answer? His Son. Had God given us an expected political leader, we would die in our sin. Had God given us a philosopher, we would be separated from Him forever. Had God given us merely a great teacher, our eternal destiny would have remained unchanged. Had Jesus Christ simply been a great leader, we would forever be trapped in our sin.
But God gave us a Savior.
When we hear Luke 2:11, we have every reason to shout, Hallelujah! “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Question #2 – What is the greatest gift we could give others?
Now think of family, neighbors, friends—all the people you will have contact with this holiday season. What is the best gift you can offer them?
If you gave each of them a check for $1,000, that would be helpful, but it would not change their eternal destiny. If you gifted your friends who ski a week-long all-expenses paid vacation at the finest ski resort in Colorado, it would be a kind offer, but it would have no eternal benefit. If a friend has physical challenges, and you could do the unthinkable—restore that person to complete health—even that benefit vanishes when he dies.
The answer to the question is obvious, isn’t it? The best gift you could extend to anyone would be to share the same message the angels did—unto you a Savior is born. After all, many who revere Christ, do not realize that He is the only one who can save them from their sins. Because He came to die, eternal life is a free gift for anyone who trusts Him as their personal Savior. And God may just use you to proclaim a message that could change their eternal destiny.
But what keeps us from sharing this good news? It’s fear isn’t it? Fear of rejection, fear of not knowing what to say, fear of not being able to answer a hard question.
That’s why we need to follow the example of the disciples, who petitioned God with confidence, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word” (Acts 4:29). Two verses later we are told, “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
That boldness may manifest itself in different ways:
- Reading the Christmas story in Luke 2 with your family during the holiday season. Sharing your testimony and explaining why Christmas occurs 365 days a year for you.
- Writing a tenderly-worded Christmas letter that shares the plan of salvation.
- Going out for Breakfast or lunch for a heart-to-heart with someone who has previously been resistant to spiritual things.
- Giving someone one of EvanTell’s Christmas tracts paired with a personal note explaining how much the message of that tract transformed your life.
- Inviting your neighbor to join you at a special Christmas program or Christmas Eve service at your church.
The point is: ask God for boldness, and He will answer.
Christians, more than any others, have the biggest reason for celebrating. And what better way to celebrate than by passing along the greatest gift we have ever received?