Christmas Day: Fully Alive Through Proclamation
December 21, 2017
Christmas Day Devotional
December 25, 2017
Read verses: Colossians 4:5-6, Luke 2:17-18
Key verses: Colossians 4:5-6
As I meditate on the story of the birth of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, I am impressed by the response of the shepherds. “When they (shepherds) had seen him (Jesus), they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them” (Luke 2:17-18). They spread the word with such excitement that it is recorded in the Bible to this day.
I was recently on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas with my oldest son and his family. We spent eight delightful days together in a four-generation celebration. I was deeply touched by the family love we shared. When I got back home I could not help but talk about our time together, and people I knew seemed genuinely interested.
The Apostle Paul had experienced conversion as he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. He was excited about his encounter with the Savior who had been born in Bethlehem. It was an experience he could never forget. In Colossians, Paul was writing to Christians who had also experienced Jesus in their lives. He was encouraging them to share their experiences of salvation (Colossians 4:5-6). Some, no doubt, felt awkward about how to share. Others were so bold that they turned people off. Paul’s challenge to them was that they be careful when they witness to others. They were to be alert to every opportunity to share their experience. They were to make sure their conversation had a spirit of graciousness and thoughtfulness. At the same time, they were to be intentional and specific. Finally, they were to be prepared to give helpful responses to any questions people might have.
Nothing takes the place of aliveness and enthusiasm regarding the gift of God in our lives! Christmas can be a launch for a new year of radiance for God.
Lord, help me think deeply on the love of God through the birth of Jesus. May my conversation be full of grace, seasoned with salt this coming year. Amen.
Paul Siewert is a retired pastor and college president. He resides in Prior Lake, MN. He holds two degrees from the seminary: MDiv (1960) and DMin (1983).