The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.”
Luke 2:10 MSG
I was struck by the language used in this translation of Luke 2:10 “a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody”. The Christmas season brings with it the opportunity to tell those around us why we celebrate the birth of Jesus and what that means to us personally. People, in general, seem open to love and kindness and faith during this time of year – so it’s the perfect time for us to share Christmas with those around us!
I want to issue all of us a challenge for this Advent season:
1. Take a moment to think about those you know and encounter in your everyday life. Neighbors, friends, co-workers, teachers, peers, etc. Who do you know that crosses your path that you can intentionally share your faith with?
2. Start to pray for that person and ask God to provide you with an opportunity to share your faith with them in some way. If no one specifically comes to mind, pray for God to open your eyes to opportunities to talk about your faith with those you encounter.
3. Pray for boldness when the opportunity arises to share your faith and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak.