encouragement Christmas2

"...Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at a proper time."

-1 Timothy 2:5, 6

The Christmas season serves as a reminder of why Christ was born. As believers, our citizenship is in heaven, and therefore, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is not our calling. Some believe our calling is to dominate the government and political system of the United States. Others envision a Christianized America and have even erroneously stated that all America will be saved. Perhaps at Christmas, we need to be reminded that Jesus came "to seek and to save that which was lost." Therefore, we are called to be constrained by the love of Christ for all men. In the words of John Bunyan, "Dost thou see a soul with the image of God in him? Love him, love him. Say to thyself, This man and I must go to heaven together someday." Why should we love him? We should love him because "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…" Share the Christ of Christmas and leave the results with Him. If you believe all America will be saved, you will be disappointed. But, "whosoever believes in Him will not be disappointed." Be encouraged!

References: 1 Timothy 2:5, 6; Luke 19:11; John 3:16; Romans 10:11