When December 25th rolls around this year, my husband and I will have spent 15 Christmases together as a couple. A lot has happened in that time. We will have graduated high school, college, had four children, and celebrated eight years of marriage. No less, I still remember that first Christmas very well; in fact, the gift he gave me that year is something I still use all the time and has remained close by me each day. The gift page in my red leather covered KJV Bible says it was given to me, from him, on 12-25-98. I’ve sought refuge, deliverance and praise in the words contained in that book. I’ve studied the passages for my own good and the good of others. I read I Cor 13 repeatedly in preparation for our wedding from that book; I’ve also used it to instruct the hearts of our children. It’s truly one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever been given. I’m thankful that his 17 year old heart was convicted enough to make that Bible my Christmas gift all those years ago.
You know, the words written in that very same book instruct us to give – and to do so selflessly (Deut. 15:10 for starters). Have you ever thought of giving someone a Bible? I don’t mean someone who you go to church with; a member of your small group; or, as an anonymous gift to charity. What about someone that you know is suffering? Someone who is rejecting any notion of God’s presence or sovereignty? Someone who has never been to church? Someone who has professed hatred to you?
It’s time to be just that deliberate about sharing our faith with others. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like praying privately and wishing for the best that something will happen. But, I think we’re called to go beyond ourselves and give with complete faith in prayer and in whatever we have. I’m very thankful my husband did that for me all those Christmases ago.
- Psalm119:46 – I will speak of Thy testimonies…and not be ashamed
- Isaiah 40:9 – Lift up thy voice with strength; be not afraid
- Isaiah 62:6b – Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence
- Mark 8:38 – Whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words…of him shall the Son of man be ashamed
- Acts 18:9b – Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace
- Romans 1:16 – I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ
- 1 Thessalonians 2:2 – We were bold…to speak the gospel of God
- 2 Timothy1:8a – Be not thou ashamed of the testimony of our Lord
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