by Erin Bird
I know I shouldn't be surprised, but it is hard to believe Advent is almost over. During Advent in these News & Notes emails, we've been considering the four tenets of Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. We've looked at the first three, which means for this last week, we'll let the Advent Conspiracy team share their thoughts on Tenet #4: Love.* Enjoy!
At Christmas, one of the things that should distinguish a Christ-follower is a love that reaches out to the marginalized and forgotten.
Such giving is an act of true worship. For Jesus, this is personal. Read the Christmas narrative and remember that the Son of God chose to be born into a family that was struggling with poverty. Nobody expected the Messiah to be born in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem.
Over and over again in Scripture, we see Jesus teaching that He is on the side of the impoverished. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same–to lavishly love the poor, the hurting, and the lonely. The people in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our cities, and around the world.
When God’s people serve in humble, generous ways, the story of Jesus is told again and again. The poor in our world will be touched by God through how we choose to celebrate Christmas. Through our actions and our words, people will be reminded that they are loved by the Creator of the universe, and He has not forgotten them.
When we show up and love in the name of God, God shows up.
That’s part of the mystery of partnering with Jesus in the work he is still doing. Remember to love and serve not out of a place of guilt, but as an act of worship. We must not forget that. The good news of the gospel is for all people, including us! We radically love others because we have personally experienced the radical love of God. That changes our hearts, and it should change the way we celebrate Christmas.
*appeared originally on the Advent Conspiracy blog
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