The joy of Christmas flowed through me like cool streams down a mountain side this past week where God put me to work for Him once again.
The true spirit of Christmas lays within all of us. Celebrating the birth of Christ is more than religious, it has become a source of inspiration to millions around the world, just as it was meant to be.
The Bible describes a stable where a simple birth among sheep and cattle took place. The most powerful man alive coming into this world in a barn?
Yes. A barn.
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7)
God didn’t send His son with richness of this world, rather he blessed Him with gifts that would last throughout Eternity allowing Jesus to inspire believers into living righteous lives.
Poverty can be a blessing. While most people are busy trying to make ends meet, some disciples are less driven by material things resulting in more time to serve God and less time spent fattening themselves.
You can usually spot a good Christian just by looking at them. Mother Theresa was 5 foot tall and weighed 90 pounds. She didn’t own a house, a car or very many clothes. However, she made a significant difference while fulfilling her mission on earth. On the other hand, not-so-good Christians surround us living lives of luxury often wearing enough gold and diamonds to feed a small third world country for 10 years!
This week’s message aims at helping you realize God has blessed you with more than you’ll ever need and that He has work for you to do in this life. It’s your choice to either accept your role and fulfill your mission or, keep walking the path you’re on and miss out on God’s purpose for you. The parable of the Talents clearly illustrates how Christians are to bare fruit from all that God has given us.
“For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” (Matthew 25:14-30)
If you find yourself not baring fruit using the “talents” you have been given, I invite you to reach out and ask us how you can give your life purpose and start working for God instead of feeding the greed that surrounds and eventually become us.
I hope you will carry the joys of Christmas throughout the entire year and that you all continue to serve Him.
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
And for looking after us, our families and friends,
Lord we thank you for allowing us to rejoice
In this special Christmas time.
Father we ask that you fill our hearts with love
The rest of this holiday season and beyond,
Helping us be more like you
And guiding our footsteps in this life
So that we may enjoy the fruits of our labor in Heaven.
God we pray you will continue to watch over us
And lead us to the way everlasting,
Where you are waiting for us.
Praise Lord, for all that we are, all that we have been given
And above all, thank you Lord father for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre