Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Revelation 3:20 (NLT)
The Christmas season gives rise to plenty of complaints—it’s a hassle, it’s a celebration of crass materialism, fruitcake is not very good, etc. That said, it’s got one huge thing going for it: it’s the one time of year when just about everyone is talking about Jesus. Take Christmas carols, for example. They’re played on radio stations, in stores, in school concerts… and people who haven’t set foot in church in decades gleefully and unselfconsciously sing along. They sing about a sinful world pining for a savior (“O Holy Night”), about the Word made flesh (“O Come All Ye Faithful”), and about the meek accepting Christ (“O Little Town of Bethlehem”). (Apparently “O” is the go-to opening for Christmas carol lyricists.) Choirs are singing carols right outside everyone’s door this season, essentially presenting the gospel to a world that desperately needs to hear it.
Of course, most people have heard these songs so many times over the years that they warble along mostly out of habit, rarely thinking about the meaning of the words. Most people, maybe, but not all. For some people, a particular lyric will get stuck in their head, and they’ll work it over in their heads, wondering what it might mean for real, and the Holy Spirit will gently tug at them to open a door. It’s a door to a new life, and it’s not just choirs outside that door. Christ stands there, as well, beckoning them forward.
Do you know someone who has grown weary of what Christmas has become, and is searching for something real? If they come to you with questions about the hope that Christ has freely given you, would you know the answers? How can you prepare yourself?
Father, give me eyes to see and ears to hear when seekers cross my path. Help me to point them toward you with my words and actions.
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