You can’t overshare.
I was having a conversation with a friend recently talking about what it feels to be a student when going home for Christmas. We both remembered studying for the most part, even on Christmas day a couple of times! We discussed that feeling of not being fully present with all that information crammed into our brains and trying to keep it there, even slicing carrots was a challenge with all those flashcards to memorise.
Despite the stress of the season, we remember the wonderful opportunity to share the gospel. Seeing old friends, family reunions. For a short period, there is a depth of connection with those around us and perhaps a greater openness as carols are sung and the Christmas story is proclaimed. I want to challenge us, we cannot overshare at this time! We can’t overshare the goodness of god, we can’t show it enough. Our family, friends and neighbours are crying out for this hope even if they don’t know it
'For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.'
Three ways we can share the gospel this Christmas:
Open the scripture. How about read the Christmas story with your family? Have you thought about asking a friend if they’d like to read some scripture this Christmas if they’re struggling to hope? Scripture is sharp. It’s truth and reading it out loud brings hope and clarity in confusion. Here are some simple and effective ways to share scripture:
'For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.'
Hold onto your hope and shine. It might seem simple but be hopeful. Remember how Jesus has redeemed you, thank him, turn away from any sin and walk in the light. Even walking in the light, this joy and freedom he has given us displays the gospel. It reveals the gospel. Laugh lots, be present, enjoy your time and have good, wholesome fun. You never know this might prompt those around you to ask questions.
‘...in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, '
1 Peter 3:15
Go above and beyond. Think about how you might be creative in taking risks and boldly sharing Jesus. In Nottingham, we’ve heard of students door knocking to offer prayer and share a simple gospel message. Perhaps you could make an extra journey to see that relative who is alone this Christmas. Think about singing carols in your street with a small group from your Church. It’s a strange question but what does it mean for you to be incarnate this Christmas? To be present, to be tangible to those around you in gift giving, service and good news sharing.
Perhaps choose one of these ways to share the gospel and consider how you might live it out in the next few weeks. I pray God would use your availability and faith to demonstrate God’s love to those around you. I’m praying for abundant fruit and the gospel to go forth!