Beyond our own family, table and tree this season

So much of Christmas, as we have come to experience and expect, is jingles in shopping centres, full trolleys (and empty wallets) and full bellies from a big meal. When we step back, the messaging we hear is “now is a time to get what you want. You deserve it!” As Christ followers, we approach this season remembering the extravagant gift God gave us in his son, Jesus. We celebrate Jesus who gave up the riches of heaven to become poor and pour out his love for us. (2 Cor 8:9)

How then do we, as recipients of this generous love, live faithfully and generously in this season? What does it look like to allow Christ to move us into a new type of Christmas? A Christmas that doesn’t just come from a store. A Christmas that means more than tradition, consumerism and gluttony. More than the usual expectation of gifts. Let us become agents of His love and generosity this Christmas – rich in good works, generous and ready to share. (1 Tim 6:18)

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us.
This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.
1 John 3:16-17 MSG

We asked Common Ground’s Social Justice Ministry teams for practical ways to think beyond our own family, table and tree this season. Here are some of their suggestions for showing God’s love to friends, neighbours and strangers.

This Christmas may you know God’s immeasurable love for you, and experience the joy of sharing that great love with those around you.

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