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‘Tis The Season: To build others up

December 9, 2009

I think that can really get lost in Christmas. When gifts become obligations and we are more worried about how much we spent compared to what they spent, well we have lost sight of something.

We can get so busy during the holidays that we forget the importance of building others up. I’m not sure how we became so gift obsessed. We run around so often trying to get stuff that we don’t take time to just appreciate who and what we have.

The early church was charged with encouragement.

But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11

Paul seems to think that because we have been saved by grace through our Lord Jesus Christ and since we live together with him, that we should be thinking of building others up.

How many times have you been disappointed by a gift? How many times have you been frustrated because the Christmas schedule didn’t work for you? What would change if we were thinking of building others up?

What if Christmas was more about Jesus and less about gifts? What if the greatest gift we can give is the encouragement of others?

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

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