The Greatest Gift

It’s December! I can’t believe it’s December again! 2017 went by so fast. I remembered some of my friends arrived in Seattle as freshmen, recently they graduated and ready to go back home to their home country for good. If we are not careful, time will pass us by. It is up to us to use the time that we have to do good and meaningful work.

Jesus’ time on Earth was limited too. He only had around 33 years before he ascended to Heaven, yet he brought hope to the hopeless, peace to the restless, and joy to the lost. Isaiah, the prophet, prophesied 700 years before his birth, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6. Jesus gave us the gospel and he sacrificed himself on the cross so we can have relationship with God again (1 Peter 3:18).

Our life was created for a purpose. Whatever your current situation is, there is a bigger picture in play. Philippians 1:6 says, “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” When Jesus died on the cross, your life was no longer yours, but his (2 Corinthians 5:15). Your greater purpose is to continue his work on Earth. Instead of looking at your current situation, look around you. There must be something that we can do to make this world a better place. Instead of looking inside the church, look outside and see how we can bring hope and joy to the community around you. Instead of being the one who always receive, let’s try to give. Start small, we can start with our roommates, our spouse, and our care group friends. In what way can we make their life a little better? Perhaps washing their dishes, buying them lunch or dinner during their finals week, starting a conversation and getting to know them more.

Christmas is a season of giving. Jesus is the greatest gift God has given to mankind. His life and death was a reflection of God’s love for us. He didn’t die so you can live a defeated life. He didn’t die so you can barely survive. God promised that we will make us the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13). But more so, He didn’t die so you can life for yourself. Be grateful for what we have and let’s start living according to our purpose, to live for him and to continue his work. This world is dying for God’s love. Let’s bring some love, hope and joy to the people around us. Let’s extend our hand and start reaching out beyond our comfort zone. It’s not the healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick (Mark 2:17). Let us give. Merry Christmas.

Written by: Samuel Sutanto