“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt,
so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
Colossians 4:6 New American Standard Bible
Christmas Traditions Open Doors
This week, I decorated my Christmas tree. A well-worn box contained handmade ornaments. Each ornament told a story, but the story I wanted my two-year-old granddaughter to understand would be hard to tell. How do you communicate Jesus to a toddler distracted by tinsel, lights and colorful ornaments?
One by one, I placed the ornaments on the seven-foot tree with special attention to the lower two feet. I plopped down on the floor to imagine Audrey’s perspective. Which ornaments would attract her heart? Which ornaments needed little explanation (and could withstand an occasional tug)?
Inspiration came over me as I sat on the tile floor staring at the tree. I could communicate Jesus from Audrey’s perspective. I could share a short story that would attract her heart and need little explanation.
I rummaged through my Christmas decorations and found the nativity set. I placed the table-size stable next to the tree. The figurines of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, wise men, a shepherd, an angel and a friendly camel looked like a Biblical playhouse.
“This is Mary,” I started. “This is Joseph,” I continued. “This is baby Jesus!”
“Jeja,” she repeated.
“Yes, Jesus,” I answered. “He loves you.”
Sharing Jesus at Christmas
It’s easier to share Jesus when we consider a person’s perspective. It can be a simple message that attracts the heart and needs little explanation. The Holy Spirit is awesome at picking the right time and the right place to communicate the most important message someone will ever hear. Patience, love, and obedience to the Holy Spirit can help us share this live-changing message confidently; however, there are a few things to avoid.
5 Things to Avoid When Sharing Jesus at Christmas
1. Don’t assume you have all answer
2. Don’t make it about you, but about them.
3. Don’t try to reap when it’s simply time to sow
4. Don’t serve empty words, serve God’s Word
5. Don’t correct, but love unconditionally
People will hear our love more than our words. Although words are important, God reveals truth in unexpected ways. We share what God has impressed on our hearts. God doesn’t need us to embellish or “sell” Jesus. His Spirit fills every void and silent moment with His love.
What would Jesus have you say this Christmas?
Amid family traditions, God may open opportunities to share His love.
You may lead a coworker to the Lord or bake cookies for a neighbor. You could gift a relative with an applicable Christian book or Bible. Or simply wish a store clerk a warm “Merry Christmas.” It’s enough when the Holy Spirit leads the way.
What’s your idea? I hope you’ll share it in the comment box.
I pray you and your family have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). . LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.