Advent: Giving Gifts to Jesus?

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Wise men gave gifts to Jesus. Today we give gifts to each other. Can we still give gifts to Jesus? What gift can we give to Jesus for Christmas?

Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:45). When we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison, we give to Jesus. Advent invites us to follow the One who left the comfort of heaven to step into the brokenness of earth. During this Advent let us follow that One into the brokenness of the world around us.  Let us step out of our suburban comfort zones and into the brokenness of our world. How?

Let us give. As a church we will bring Bibles to inmates in DuPage and people throughout Africa. With JUST of DuPage (http://www.justofdupage.org), we will bring a Bible to every inmate in the DuPage county jail.  We are also partnering with the Africa Study Bible (http://oasisint.net/africa-study-bible/) to bring this strategic resource written by Africans for Africans for the exploding church in Africa.  You can give to these projects simply by indicating “Advent” on your check or through online giving.

Let us also serve. Christmas Sharing serves impoverished families in Warrenville by inviting them to our Warrenville campus to pick out Christmas gifts, clothing and other food items for their families. We are still welcoming donations for that Christmas sharing, and opportunities remain to set up and serve throughout this strategic event next week (December 5–10). With Christ Church of Albany Park, an Alliance church in Chicago, we serve dinner on the last Sunday of each month to help that church reach their area (http://www.christchurch-ap.org/sundays/soup-kitchen/). This month the last Sunday falls on Christmas day; what if you celebrated Christmas with some friends by serving the least of these? Also in February we will partner with KidsAlive in the Dominican Republic to serve orphans there. All of these are wonderful opportunities to engage the least of these with loved ones.

Finally, let us love. Around each one of us are needy and hurting people who need a touch from Jesus. Let us step in with love into the brokenness of their lives.  As we listen, as we pray, as we love, may we be the healing hands and feet of Jesus in that place.

All of these are ministries that we are partnering with at Wellspring. There are many other ways that our people are serving within and without the church. Many of you are deeply engaged in your neighborhoods, your schools, your workplaces and your families. Skye J. is ministering to to Christian CEOs in India this weekend.  I am grateful that we are engaging in so many strategic ways to serve Jesus by serving the needy in this season. May we follow the One who stepped into our brokenness as we step into the brokenness of our world.

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