Well, as of today, we have 25 days until we celebrate Christmas.
Of course, the catalogs in my mailbox have increased in number because the holiday season is officially upon us.
I remember when I was a kid... we wouldn't even think about Christmas until Thanksgiving had come and gone. But now... not so much. Once Halloween is over, every retailer from here to Mars starts advertising for the holidays. They do this with the hope of conditioning society into thinking proactively about shopping. They do this, so that people will think about their holiday gift-giving sooner rather than later. It is impressive and overwhelming to think of how much time and money is invested into the marketing and distribution efforts of holiday retail catalogs, displays, commercials - all for the sake of generating additional sales income during "the most wonderful time of the year".
And this got me thinking...
What if Christians actually adopted the same proactive attitude to promote the gospel message to all the world?
What would happen if we looked at the calendar and thought, "Hmm, 25 days to share Jesus with as many people as possible! Let's give it ALL we got!"
What if we invested our money, our time, our efforts where our hearts should already be focused and stepped outside of our comfortable lives to proactively showcase the Savior's redeeming love?
What if we decided to bring Jesus to every demographic that both salt and light physically reach?
What would that do, dear Believers?
How would that look?
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?... You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
I'm sure that in the weeks to come, many of us will purchase gifts for family, friends, acquaintances... But, how many of us will actually make it a point to share the gospel for the sake of advancing God's Kingdom? Isn't that a tad bit more important a gift to share with others?
Yes, there are 25 days until Christmas - the day we celebrate our precious Savior's birth.
As we begin to prepare for another joyous holiday season, let's first consider that Jesus came to this earth thinking of us proactively.
He came so that we too could enjoy His perfect gift of redemption and live to see His grace.
Because we are special to Him.
Because He loves us more!
With this in mind, will you love God more?
Will you love others more in Jesus' Name?
Will you approach this time of celebration proactively and obediently - committing to share the Glory that this holiday season is intended to reveal?
Will you invest your voice, your time, your words, your life so that others can receive the greatest gift of all?
After all, Jesus is the true reason for the season, isn't He?
Really, there is no better gift to share with another!
Can you think of a wiser way to spend your time, money, efforts?
A lot can happen in 25 days!!!