Today’s gift is intended to help you prepare your gift for Jesus this Friday at “A TD Christmas,” which begins at 6 p.m. at my house. So, Sandra wrote this devotional for you to help you out. Thanks Sandra! – Arthur
Hey TDers! Lights are up, Christmas songs are being played on the radio and in the malls, cards are being sent, gifts are being prepared … it is all fun, exciting, and busy. Christmas means Christ’s mass. Even though the celebration of Christmas has taken a life of its own, we can still determine to keep the essential and real meaning of Christ’s mass in Christmas.
As we recall in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the FREE GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Let’s focus on that “free gift” that we as believers have received. The Greek word is “Charisma”. Charisma is the gift of faith, knowledge, holiness and virtue. It is the grace or gift denoting extraordinary powers, distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the chruch of Chirst, the reception of which is due ot the power of divine grace operating on their souls by the Holy Spirit. (http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5486&t=NASB)
For TD this Friday, we would like you to go against the cultural grain, go deep, unplug (unless you are using your computer or phone to read the Bible or listen to a sermon) and unleash the CHARISMA that God has freely given you. Here are some practical suggestions for you to consider:
1. Listen to a message – maybe one of the podcasts on this blog; or go to TD.mbcla.org and go to Messages and listen to a great TD message; or go to Resources and pick a website and a great sermon to listen to. After listening to it, respond by writing out a summary, journal entry, poem, or even an exhortation to share. Just write a response to what you’ve heard.
2. Listen to the message on the temple that inspired me to write my poem. Warning, it is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, but it is worth it! It was recommended to us by Joni, herself!
In The Temple: The Glorious and Forgiving God (1Kings 8)
3. Share the love of Christ to someone considered “the least of these”. If you want to give a gift back to Jesus, He said in Matthew 25:24, “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ Give a gift or card to someone who is not in your immediate cirle of friends. Extend yourself, reach out in His name!
4. Create or do something for the Lord’s honor – write a song or song lyrics, draw or paint a picture, write poetry, read extra portions of Scripture, spend extra time in prayer and praise, etc.
On Friday, we would love to hear about the “charisma” that you allowed to explode in your life today. We want to have a Christmas celebration this Friday where Jesus is truly honored and celebrated! Maranatha (the Lord is coming) ! – Sandra
(btw, eat dinner before you arrive; we’ll have snacks and refreshments after returning from the convalescent home)