Ministry Opportunities Everywhere!
For Christians, Christmas is one of the most exciting times the year! It is a time when most of the world (believers and non-believers) acknowledge the birth of Christ. Economic reports prove year after year that Christmas is the single biggest holiday for retailers. While that is not surprising, the fact that it is also reported to be largest annual economic stimulus for many Nations is astounding. For retailers, Christmas makes up almost 20% of sales throughout the course of a year (Statista, 2015). Interestingly, CBS News reports that Halloween is “now the second-biggest decorating holiday of the year — right behind Christmas.” While it does not compare to the financial blessings of Christmas, participation is becoming equivalent (2014).
Intriguing to Note
As a minister of the gospel, it seems that there are paramount spiritual implications behind these observations. With our eyes fixed on the prize, we should be asking the Lord for insight into opportunities to further the Kingdom.
Christmas Considerations for Ministry
Ask the Holy Spirit for Insight. These Points May Help You Get Started.
Humans are incurably religious (Ecc. 3:11; Acts 17:23).
This is to our advantage as ministers! Do not believe the lies of our adversary declaring, “People don’t want to hear the gospel.” Christmas is the very essence of the gospel! People are interested. Religious statistics and retail financial reports overwhelmingly demonstrate this truth.His Birth is Associated with Our Record of Time
The birth of Christ is notably significant to the transition of the world’s record of time from BC to AD. Irrespective of the actual dates, the very concept of this change in time is centered around Christ. It might suggest that the world was actually counting down to his birth.
This thought might be a great conversation starter while standing in line at the grocery store.
Keep Our Focus on Why He was Born
As ministers, it is very likely that you have become acquainted with debates over the actual date of his birth, as well as appropriate ways in which to celebrate it (with or without a Christmas tree). Nevertheless, “when” he was born is not nearly as significant as “why”
he was born.
Personally, I try to avoid conversations over the actual date of his birth, and the supposed pagan influences woven into the modern celebration of
Christmas. Over the years I have been on both sides of the fence with these issues. At the end of the day, I have never seen anyone give their
heart to Jesus as a result, and the fruit is usually dissention and confusion –as opposed to the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace.) Ironically, love joy and peace are Christmas words.
As ministers, the most important focus of the birth of Christ is not “when” but rather “why.” That is the message of the gospel.
Remember Where He is Today
opens his gospel saying “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and
bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated,
“God with us.” (1: 23). Then he closes in chapter 28:20 with Jesus
saying “I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew
wanted us to know one thing for sure; that God is with us! What an
awesome thought! As Paul once said “If God is for us, who can be against
us?” (Ro 8:31).