With the arrival of the Christmas season, we are reminded of Christ’s first coming and the blessings we received from God’s generosity and His sacrifice in coming as a babe in order to die so that we may live. A loving family, food on the table and a warm bed in which to sleep are just some of the simple things we thank God for every day, but not everyone shares in these same blessings. It is for this reason that God reminds us in His word that “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” He calls us to share of ourselves and our blessings as He selflessly gave of Himself for us.
It is the church’s job to care for the widowed, the poor and the sick, and therefore Christians need to actively take part in relieving the suffering of others. This year we are challenging everyone to complete at least one act . . . an act of blessing.
Although suffering is not merely limited to the holidays, it is often magnified during times of others’ joy and mirth. I challenge you to do this act of blessing as an invitation to ministry. I am calling you to commit yourselves to finding at least one way in which you can share your blessings with those in need only for Christmas, but with the intention of continuing so for the rest of your life.
Before you choose your act, pray that God will help you choose an act that will aid you in serving others as part of your daily walk with Christ. Here is the information for some organizations and services right here in the Twin Cities which can aid you in your commitment of blessing. Here are also some suggestions on how you can use each ministry in your daily walk with Christ:
Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child (http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php) – Drop-off site at Northwestern College. Send a box of toys and hygiene products across the globe to a child in need. Idea: Pray daily for its receiver.
Angel Tree: A Program of Prison Fellowship (www.angeltree.org/angeltree) - Donate or send a Christmas present to a child whose father is in prison. Idea: Get involved in prison ministry within your area.
Meals on Wheels (www.mowaa.org) - Roseville Area Senior Program: 1910 W. County Road B. Roseville, MN 55113 – Donate money or deliver a meal to starving seniors. Idea: Volunteer at a senior facility or join a senior’s ministry.
World Vision (www.worldvisiongifts.org) – Give the gift of a farm animal that will help to feed and support a family in another country. Idea: Become part of a missions group.
Project Linus: Provide Security through Blankets (www.projectlinus.org/faqs.html) - Donate or make blankets for children who are sick or are in need. Idea: Join a pro-life group.
Salvation Army (https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org) - Be a bell ringer or donate clothing and other items for those in need. Idea: Start or join a church clothing give away or food shelf in your area.
These are just some of the ways you can commit an act of blessing. There are many more organizations and support groups which can help you to share your blessings with others.
Regardless of your act, no matter how small or great, always remember that in serving others you are servicing Christ, and that is the greatest blessing of all. In all you do, let God be the guiding light in your decision and may your act of blessing be the most significant and rewarding part of your life this Christmas season.