I think Christians can often be guilty of highlighting the “Christmas spirit”, “baby Jesus”, and general acts of giving without ever conversing with others about the whole reason Jesus even came to begin with. God’s gracious and merciful gift to mankind was to freely give his son as an atonement for our sins; and then he (God) rose him (Jesus) from the grave to set his people free from sin and death forever.
Make no mistake: if the Gospel is not the focal point of our Christmas experience, then we do not understand Christmas. Period.
I want our students to truly understand this, so that they can have the greatest Christmas they’ve ever had. But I hope that in discovering the true reason of Christmas, they will also begin to life a lifestyle of Gospel celebration that extends to every season of life – not just the calendared Christmas season. No; we want our students to life and breath the Gospel in every day of their life. This is the purpose of this series, and we hope to show students that all they need is Jesus; nothing more, nothing less. Hopefully they will learn to accept a lifestyle of gracious and cheerful giving, just as God himself graciously gave us his son. May we honor God in our imitation of his son, Jesus Christ.
Here’s how you can pray for our students this week!
- Continue to pray for salvation among our students. We shouldn’t have any expectations that lost people share the Gospel. They can’t…because they don’t really know and love that Gospel message. Thus, we need to pray that our students are truly saved before we can commission them to the task of sharing that same saving message in our community.
- Pray that our unsaved students would not have a peace until they get saved. This statement sounds harsh when you first read it off the page, but I assure you that it comes from a place a true compassion and love. The worst possible place for our students (or anyone for that matter) is to be unsaved and comfortable with that reality. I would much rather God not give them a peace of mind or conscious until they submit their lives to Christ. Please pray that the ministry of the Holy Spirit (to convict men of sin and testify to the Lordship of Christ) would continue through the lives of our students.
- Pray that our students would commit to the discipline of giving. The single greatest outward sign of the Gospel’s truth and life changing message has been the gracious and merciful character of Christians. Part of that character is giving, as stated by scripture. Jesus Christ freely gave his life away for his people, and he gave all of his time and energy to serve and love people for the glory of God. If we are to honor God by imitating his Son, then how can we expect to call ourselves mature Christians if we don’t commit to being cheerful givers? We must accept this call, and we need to pray that our students will take this responsibility seriously.