Friday, December 10, 2010

What are You Getting and Giving for Christmas?

JOY! It's part of Christmas! The angel declared, "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people." (Luke 2:10) That joy was to be something more than a pleasurable feeling, it was intrinsically linked to a person, namely Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the Son of God. (Luke 2:11)

Last week, in my sermon, I spoke of about "Getting the Gifts We Need." The gift we looked at last Sunday was the gift of God's peace, again it was more that just the "peaceful easy feeling that wont let you down," rather it is about a relationship with the One who is the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

This week I will again be dealing with the topic of getting the gifts we need, and as you probably already noted we will be discussing the gift of God's joy.

One of the things I have discovered while studying is that one of the attributes of the joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ, is that this joy motivates us to serve. In fact, as we serve others, often in the less the happy situations of life, our joy increases. I guess somehow this relates to Nehemiah 8:10 that states "the joy of the LORD is our strength."

I was thinking about joy and service, or better stating joy and sacrificial giving to other when I was given a link to a powerful video interview about a man who sought to serve the very least of society. He crossed social, cultural and economic barrier in order to joyfully give to the "least of these." (Matthew 25:40)

I was challenged and humbled by this man's selfless giving. The title of the piece is, "We Could All Learn Something from this Guy." I encourage you to watch it. And may we all be motivated to share the joy that is our in and through the Person of Jesus Christ.
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