|O Come All Ye Faithful - Heno Antony|
Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays. What better way than to reach out to our community and spread the good news?
At IAG, caroling was the highlight of Christmas 2019. A jolly group of IAG members visited homes in and around Troy, Rochester and Novi areas to share the love of Christ.
Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) instructs us to make disciples by reaching out to others with the good news of Christ’s love and forgiveness. In the Book of Acts, we see how the apostles began to fulfill that great commission by becoming witnesses for Him first in Jerusalem and then in the neighboring areas, followed by throughout the world. But here’s the catch, they didn’t do it alone. The disciples were enabled by the Holy Spirit who empowered each one of them to be witnesses wherever they went.
But ye shall receive power, after that, the Holy Ghost comes upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The caroling event at IAG demonstrated how God opens doors for us when we obey his commands and move forward. It was indeed a great privilege to share with our non-Christian friends what Christmas means to us and why Christ is the reason for the season, especially in this era when consumerism is at its peak. What deeply amazed me was the sincere response from the people who invited us to their homes. As I contemplated these events, I couldn’t help but be reminded of what Jesus said in Matthew 9:37: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”
Now, the challenge rests upon us. Will we sit in our comfort and let the avenue that God has opened slip away, or will we take a conscious effort to sow little seeds of kindness, friendship and love among the unreached and those we have already reached out? May God empower us to take the Great Commission seriously and reap a big harvest for His Kingdom.