Every year we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and we do so with great anticipation and joy in our hearts. However, it has been said, it is impossible to recognize the significance of the birth of Jesus without seeing it through the lens of his death and resurrection. Like many people in history, Jesus’ impact was felt long after his death and resurrection. These words from Jesus are recorded in John 14:16, And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. I want you to notice something significant here. When Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit, he did not say, I will send another advocate to do the work for you. Jesus clearly says, I will send another advocate to help, which means we still have work to do. Maybe the miracle of Christmas is in our ability to recognize it’s time to get back to work.
In our small town of Staunton, Virginia we have 7,934 unclaimed souls and that number only expands in the county, where there are 45,663 unclaimed people for Jesus. The danger of the Christmas season is when we turn inwards, and as a result, forget and neglect there are people out there who are destined for hell, unless we intentionally start reaching out to share the Good News. The reality is, Christmas should be our springboard, not our destination.
Kevin Myers, Senior Pastor at 12 Stone Church said, “You should not assume you are randomly sitting next to your neighbors on accident. God has you positioned there. Where He has you on the map, He has you on mission.” I encourage you to let this holiday season be a call to action. Your neighborhood is your mission field. Your place of employment is a mission field. Your family and friends are your mission field. God has given you influence, make sure you’re putting it to use. It’s time to get back to work.
If you are unsure where to begin, let me give you a great resource called Bless Every Home: https://blesseveryhome.com. This simple tool allows you to pray for your neighbors around you by name. Let it begin here, but also, reach out and establish some new relationships.
Remember to be a blessing to someone else today!
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson