Words from the Heart for Monday December 20th, 2021
John answered, “If you have two shirts, share with the person who does not have one. If you have food, share that too.”
Luke 3:11 (ICB)
The Angus Reid Institute recently asked 1500 Canadians what was so special about Christmas gatherings. People across the country are virtually unanimous in saying that what makes Christmas so special is the opportunity to be with family and friends. A large majority see such times as special because they provide the opportunity to share in valued family traditions, underlined by the common presence of people who span generations. We go all out to make sure the celebrations include grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who surface only once or twice a year.
Ancient theologian Tertullian had come out of paganism into a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. In comparing paganism to the Christian faith, he pictured pagans looking at Christians and stating, “Look how they love each other.” That love ought to mark the lives and testimony of every believer. The Christian faith is a practical faith. It is lived out in our relationship with God and with others. We are called to show love to others by our actions every day. Jesus would build on what John the Baptist taught about this in Luke 3:11: “John answered, ‘If you have two shirts, share with the person who does not have one. If you have food, share that too.’” This season of the year is known as the season of sharing. Many charities count on the donations in December to carry them through the next few months. Canadians are by nature generous. Christians ought to be even more so. We serve a generous God who has given us the greatest gift ever – the gift of Jesus who provides the gift of eternal life. How can you put your faith into practical action today?
These have been words from the heart.