Once again, as Christmas draws near, we have yet another occasion to declare the Gospel of salvation. This season should not be wasted on just worldly fun and enjoyment. Christmas offers a unique opportunity to share the Good News with those who are still lost in their sins.
What great salvation God has bestowed on us! He has lifted us out of the “miry clay” of sin and washed us with the blood of His Son, so that the right to be His children might be bestowed upon us, now and forever.
Scripture repeatedly urges us not to slacken in our efforts to bear witness to the Lord’s salvation. Just consider the following portions of Scripture that exhort us to declare His name joyfully, some of which are words of dedication from the thankful hearts of His redeemed:
How can we be silent about the great salvation God has prepared for us in Christ Jesus, who was born as the Saviour of mankind? How can we refrain from exalting and declaring the saving name of our God? Communicating Christ’s saving name must be our passion always. We should not be hesitant to talk about our Saviour. Neither should we become weary of declaring His glorious salvation.
If you have received His salvation, should you not devote yourself to being a thankful and fervent witness for Christ? Will you not commit yourself to lift the name of Christ, who was born to give His life on the cross to save you? Will you not join the company of saints who are preparing themselves to win souls through the preaching of the Gospel?
When it comes to exalting Christ as the Saviour of sinners, do not be a disinterested Christian. Do not procrastinate telling others about Christ, for the night is coming when no man can work. Like all thankful, genuine Christians, let us also follow our Saviour, who manifested great readiness and urgency in reaching out to sinners to tell them the Good News. He said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).
Like the psalmist, each of us must be able to say, “I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation” (Psalm 40:10b). So should every Gethsemanean be a proclaimer of Christ, the Saviour.
You may plan a Christmas get-together and present the Gospel through Christmas songs and tracts, or have a short Gospel message shared by a preacher. You can also invite your friends to the Christmas caroling sessions (at three homes) organised by GAF (24th Dec), or the Christmas Day service (25th Dec), during which the Good News of Christ will be declared.
Remember, Christmas is not commemorated when Christ and His salvation are not proclaimed. All such celebrations are Christless Christmas!