Making Much of Jesus With Your Life

Christmas may mean different things to different people. 

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For some Christmas may mean family gatherings, a good meal, or possibly awesome presents.  Why not consider a deeper meaning for Christmas?

I have a few Christmas ideas that you may want to give some thought about.

I am so thankful to Melanie, a very humble servant of God,  for this opportunity to share with you.

Christmas is not necessarily about Christmas shopping and  getting all the gifts that you can get, but rather about giving all that you can give. 

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1. Sharing a Letter

I recall one day in Sunday School my pastor talked about the importance of letting those know that have been influential and helpful in our lives.  He suggested we send 8 short letters to people who have helped us in some way.   One of my letters was to him.  I shared how his bible study had helped me when I was at my lowest ebb in life.   I learned from bible study to get to the root of the problem rather than putting a band-aid on it.  I also learned about being a good steward of my money.   God gives us creativeness in our spirit.   When Jesus came to earth he told about the goodness of God and how God loves us.

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2. Your Time

Proverbs 28:27 – “He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse. ”

I have heard the cliché, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” 

When I think about it, Christmas should be about Jesus and not all the other material things that myself and many others have been guilty of wanting.  I recall a skit that was performed at our church.  The one young man in the skit had a very long list to give his parents telling them what he wanted for Christmas.  This list included a car.  Then there was the little girl who told the young man how lucky he was to even have a house and family.  She told him how she and her family were homeless  and how thankful she was to have a warm meal.

The contrast of this story was the young man was only concerned with what he was going to get and the young lady was very humble and thankful to God for what she did have.

3. Faith and Prayer

Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.”

I once listened to an audio tape where it was mentioned that there were those that said they were too busy to pray.  That is just too busy, considering there is no time to pray to the creator who created us.

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I recalled being displaced at work. 

Our entire department was interviewed (one by one) individually.  During the interview I was offered a job with the new company in another stated.  I thanked him and refused stating I believed God would give me something here in my state and I added I was not too proud to work at McDonald’s if I had to.

Then there was a second interview where I was offered to work for the company here without moving stating I would also receive a bonus of part of the company’s profit for helping with the conversion of various products.   I accepted and little did I know I loved working for this company.  They gave free lunches and free items throughout each month to all employees.

Keep in mind I was heavily in debt even though I was already making very good money.  At the end of the year when I received my bonus.  I was amazingly surprised.   There was more than enough to get me completely out of debt plus there was some left over.  So I am a witness that God has taken care of me.

Why not share your testimony this year with someone about the goodness of Jesus and what he has done for you?

4. Priority

I recall a skit that was presented at our church.  The one young lady in the skit never had time to teach training school or doing any type of mission work.  Instead she was always saving herself for a great purpose job that God had just for her.  Finally she found the job she thought she wanted, but during the interview she was turned down because she had shown no type of service for training school nor any type of mission work.  The Interviewer even stated she saw nothing on her résumé that showed she loved the Lord.

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Are your priorities in the wrong order? 

Is Jesus taking imminence in your life or is he on the back burner until you have a problem that you cannot solve?

5. What Can You Do?

1 Corinthian 13:13, “Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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Can you honestly say that others can see Jesus in you? 

During Christmas time there may be those in need that are directly in front of you.

Do you take the time to notice? 

Everyone is given 24 hours in a day, but it is up to you how you will use those hours.

Have you considered volunteering at a Soup Kitchen during Christmas? 

I have volunteered.  This is a very humbling experience and it does not take a lot of your time.  I recall our choir volunteered singing at a Nursing home.  This was a great experience, because I discovered some of the elderly in this home had awesome voices.  So I believe we enjoyed the experience as much as they did.

This Christmas, be bold, be daring, & be open to sharing the love of Jesus with others. Click To Tweet

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Wikimedia.org., Wingman Gerald Green, the pic of Hope, faith,and love

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Thank you, Betty, for a wonderful and personal testimony about sharing your life and the love of Jesus with others at Christmas time. Your stories and your suggestions are great. We are blessed by you and by your post today! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

~ You can visit Betty at her website by linking up HERE.

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Betty Asphy:

  • I have been writing for several years now and I love sharing and giving to others.Making Much of Jesus With Your Life - Melanie Redd
  • While on this journey there is more to be learned every day.
  • A servant of God, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother are descriptions of me.
  • Feel free to stop by and visit me at www.anointedtoday.blogspot.com or at    www.pinterest.com/anointedtoday/.
  • I thank God for everything that He has given me.

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3 thoughts on “Making Much of Jesus With Your Life

  1. Thank you, Betty, for this practical reminder at Christmas time!

    We really appreciate you and your message today!

    Praying that God will sweetly bless you and your family during this holiday season~
    Melanie

  2. Thank you for the reminder to be sensitive to opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus with those who are in and around our lives…where we are! This is the greatest gift that we can share!

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