Another Word…by Gus Keiser

December 18, 2017

It’s too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.

                                                                                                                                   Isaiah 49:6

 By now, I would suspect that most of us are caught up in a frenzied mix of last minute shopping while trying to also enjoy the pre-holiday activities of the Christmas season. But if we take the time to stop with our own self-indulgence and look around at the total pre-holiday scene; we’re also going to see within our midst the broken, the beat up, and the utterly wrecked, all victims of the daily happenings of our world.

When God created life, it started out as complete, God-filled, and utterly amazing. But with that one simple act of rebellion in the Garden, it became grief-stricken, hurt-ridden, and sin-infected.  Because of that one act of disobedience, sin and brokenness entered our world and took what God had made, twisted it, and distorted the good and brought pain and suffering into the lives of God’s children.

But there is still a mountain of hope for our world. As Christmas approaches, it’s nearly impossible to miss the change that happened with the birth God into our world.  It was about two thousand years ago that God decided to “move into the neighborhood” as a human being to bring restoration and healing to his most prized creation.  His impact on the world was instantaneous with the birth of his Son, Jesus, sparking a revolution that continues to drastically shape and heal this slightly screwed up world in which we live.

We have a huge part to play in this revolution, day in and day out. Being one His followers means that God expects us to put his love into action and through the help of his Holy Spirit, that we will be his agents for change in the lives of others.  As we carry the love of Christ along with us, day in and day out, we can become the most effective tool that we possess.  Christ’s love, expressed through each one of us as we live out the moments of our lives, can drastically make this world and our relationships better.

So, even in the midst of all your pre-Christmas preparations; I would offer you one more challenge: as this month moves on and we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus (that miraculous, unfathomable incarnation of God in this world!), take a bit of time to seek God and to ask him through your prayers how you can make a difference in the lives of the people who make up your part of the world. Dream on how you can see his love work through your hands, your words, your time, your gifts and your service to him.  God’s graceful love is a restorer of people, a builder of hearts, and a healer of the brokenness.  But it’s even more than that; it’s something that needs to be experienced each day in and day out, and it brings to the people with whom you interact and so desperately love, the richness, the forgiveness and the fullness that comes with the gift of his Son into our lives.

Loving God…in response to that fantastic gift given out of love from your heart, the words to a beautiful old hymn serve as a prayer to you this day: Into our hearts, into our hearts, come into our hearts, Lord Jesus.  Come in today, come in to stay…come into our hearts, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

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