It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is typically a time of joy and excitement in our country. I hope you enjoy the holidays while maximizing your service to God. We should all do our best to capitalize on this time of the year and do everything during the holiday season to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Here are four ways to glorify God during the holiday season.
1. Give More than You Receive (Acts 20:35)- Jesus taught his disciples the importance of giving. He promised that those who give will be blessed far more than they imagine (Lk. 6:38). During the holiday season you will probably receive some gifts but try and give more than you get. Give cards, hugs, smiles, and presents to others that may not amount to much in monetary value but may mean the world to them. Giving is a distinctive Christian trait and as our world focuses in on giving this time of year we can glorify God by showing the world how it’s done (Heb. 13:16)!
2. Be Kind and Cheerful (Eph. 4:32; 1 Thess. 5:16)- As joyous as this time of year can be, we can also find ourselves becoming irritable and short with others because of all the busyness that comes with the season. Remember that Christians are to be kind like God has been toward us. Our disposition is to be cheerful, and joyful (Phil. 4:4). Our joy is not seasonal but constant because of what God has done for us in Christ. Do not be the cranky or pessimistic one that only sees the negative. Be gentle and kind to those in your home, those you work with, and those who worship alongside you. Let your happiness be contagious as people see that you really are glad to belong to God (Rom. 12:12). Our attitudes are one of the greatest indicators of how much God’s Word has impacted us (Gal. 5:22-23).
3. Be Inviting (Jn. 1:46)- During this time of the year people find themselves thinking about Jesus more than they normally would. Make the most of this time by inviting friends and neighbors to Bible class and worship services (Jn. 4:29). You might have invited them before but now is a great time to re-extend the invitation. As people have their minds on Christ let’s redeem the time and point them to him (Col. 4:5).
4. Be Considerate (Rom. 12:15)- This will be the first holiday season for many without those dearest on earth to them by their side. Many struggle with loneliness, grief, sadness, and depression during the holidays. Find time to visit, be a listening ear, and a servant for those hurting during this time. Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3), he spent time with the hurting. In the hustle and bustle of this season be considerate of those who are sad and broken around you. Spending time with them will not dampen your joy but perhaps it will enhance it as it causes you to count more of your blessings!
I hope you have a great holiday season and that you use it as a time to glorify God!