Here’s a simple thought. Nothing profound. (Really.) On someone’s birthday you give them a gift. Christmas celebrates Jesus’ birth. So how do you give something to Jesus? Well Jesus told us.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40)
Jesus stands in such solidarity with the broken, hurting, poor, and needy that what you do for the least in your city and world is done as unto Jesus Himself. Think of that. That means love for Jesus (as opposed to guilt) can drive us to generosity this Christmas! How blessed this Christmas could be for us if we saw each act of compassion as directly unto the Lord? See the face of Christ in each person you serve this season.
God has given us a few different opportunities to celebrate Christ this month in a way that blesses our city and our world. Here are four Christmas gifts that our small church can give Jesus this month.
Rent: The Northeast SoulCare Communities are teaming up to help pay rent for a single mom of three kids. Email Shainu to learn how you can help.
Toiletries: Covenant House, an organization that fights human trafficking in Philadelphia and houses homeless youth is having a toiletries drive (toothpaste, toothbrushes, body washes, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, body wash, deodorants, etc.). There will be a box at our building next Sunday. Email Princy to learn how you can help.
A Clinic in Philadelphia: Winson shared a few weeks ago about the clinic that he and Jon started with Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. God has used them to provide medical care to homeless men in our city. Email Winson to learn how you can help.
A Clinic in Bombay: Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has teamed up with Bombay Teen Challenge to raise funds for a clinic in the heart of the Red Light District in Bombay. Click here to learn how you can help.