The Christmas season is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. The cold weather, the Christmas lights, the peppermint mochas. Everything about it makes me want to smile. But as a Christian, Christmas for me doesn’t stop with the lights and trees. Christmas holds a much deeper meaning. When I see the manger scene, I am reminded of what Christmas is truly all about. It’s not about the presents and Santa Claus. It’s about pointing others to who Jesus is and ultimately what He did for each us on the cross.
After all, Jesus came to offer each of us the ultimate gift.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (emphasis added).
Four years ago my family decided to have a different type of December. Yes, we would enjoy the lights, music, and mochas. But we didn’t want to stop there. We decided to use the Christmas season as an opportunity to tell the rest of the Christmas story—to give people an opportunity to accept the greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ.
So my family gathered together and started to brainstorm. What could we do to share the gospel of Jesus during the month of December? We threw out some ideas and then ultimately came up with a plan. We decided we wanted to Christmas carol to every house in our neighborhood, 250 total. Our goal was to use the carols as an open door to have a conversation and share the gospel. We also wanted to leave a small Christmas present at each house that included the gospel message.
With the help of tons of friends and family, we have been able to carol to every house in our neighborhood, every year, for the past four years. This past Wednesday was our fourth caroling outreach.
The reason I share this story with you is to encourage and challenge you. I realize you may not be able to get out and carol to your entire neighborhood, but what can you do?
What can you do to share the gospel of Jesus Christ this Christmas season?
There are so many opportunities to use Christmas holiday cheer as an opportunity to explain why Jesus came to earth. Here are a few ideas:
- Christmas carol and pass out presents that include the gospel message.
- Christmas carol to a nursing home and leave Christmas gospel tracts and homemade cookies.
- Write letters to soldiers overseas including the gospel in the card.
I would love to hear your ideas. What have you done in the past to share the true meaning of Christmas? What can you do to make this December about sharing the good news of the gospel?