By Nancy Virden (c)2018
If you could wish anything for the world, what would it be?
This question floated around a gathering last Friday. Answers included justice, food, infrastructure, non-corrupt governments, and acceptance of those who are different from any single person or group.
What are you personally doing to make your wish come true?
As we discussed this, one person said, “I am quicker to speak up when I hear people saying racist or sexist things.” Another said, “Writing letters to Congress and the President and other leaders.”
The favorite answer I heard was, “serving people.” This person said it is easy to write a check, but helping others with needs or time are some of the most valuable gifts we can offer. A listening ear, visits, phone calls, texts, rides, running errands – each of these we can do through nonprofit volunteerism or one on one.
About 2024 years ago, Jesus set the example. He took on the likeness of a human baby, not counting equality with God as something to which to cling at all costs. We refer to his birth as a miracle because his mother, Mary, was a virgin, and God, not his mother’s fiance Joseph, was his Father. John chapter 1 tells us that he created everything. Try to comprehend what it must have been like for the Creator to be made subject to his creation’s care. Yet Jesus did this on purpose for you and me and everyone else. Jesus said he did not come to be served, but to serve.
He healed the lame and made blind men see. Hundreds of people, and one woman especially, touched the hem of his garment and became well. Jesus brought young and old back from death, made those with diseases whole again, and forced demons to leave those they possessed.
Everywhere he went, he encouraged people to have faith in him as the anointed one God had promised to send. Jesus forgave sins, warned against further sin, and announced he is the way, the truth, and the life. Unabashedly, he said no one comes to the Father except through him first.
He called out and shamed religious hypocrites. As a result, a jealous few plotted to take his life. In the end, they were foiled, for Jesus offered himself to the cross freely. This is why he came – to die as a final sacrifice for our sins! Then he rose to life again and returned to heaven, making the way for us to go there too. All we have to do is believe and repent.
Talk about a life of service! Jesus changed the world and eternity in thirty-three short years. Without a doubt, I wish the whole world knew him as the Savior. He is mighty and radiant, a warrior who has won over death and will win over evil! King of kings, and Lords of lords, he is the answer to all the world’s deepest needs.
That is why Christmas (and Easter) exist. This is why saying Merry Christmas is appropriate.
Today’s Helpful Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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