It’s the hap-happiest season of all!
While this may be true for some, it isn’t true for all. For this reason, we need to make sure we are paying attention to the needs of those around us. Mindful of the fact that the holidays can be a painful reminder for the lost, the lonely and the broken.
The greatest commandment of all
As believers, we are called to value the lives and needs of others. To reflect the character of Christ by demonstrating humility, love, compassion, and generosity. Jesus Himself states that love is the greatest commandment of all:
Mark 12:28-31 NIV
 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
How do we resist our natural inclination to be self-focused?
At our core, we are imperfect people with an inherent desire for self-gratification. Furthermore, we live in a society that celebrates self-sufficiency, and material wealth yet often turns a blind eye to the less fortunate. As a result, humility and generosity are attributes we have to cultivate intentionally.
What would Jesus do?
To successfully and consistently obey God’s command to love others we, it is vital that we look to Christ, and not the world as our model for demonstrating the act of loving others. When the way to love another is unclear, take a moment to ponder, “what would Jesus do in this situation?”
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
― Teresa of Avila
Choosing to be the hands and feet of Jesus
As believers, we are to be the hands and feet of Christ by making love our highest rule. Our love and commitment to Christ should move us toward personal sacrifice, discipline, and responsibility – rarities in today’s self-centered world.
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus stresses the importance of serving others: Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.’ (MSG) We are to love and serve anyone and everyone we can because love for others glorifies God by reflecting our love for Him.
Christ followers have a higher calling than to “blend in” with the world around us. Unless we make every effort to affect others positively, we are useless in growing God’s kingdom and spreading the Good News to the rest of the world. Just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food, we are to be the salt of the earth. We are to shed light on a dark and lonely world by allowing the light of God’s love to shine through us as we show kindness and love to others. (Matthew 5:13-16)
Where can you shine the light of God’s love today?
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!