Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Devotions Day 4 - Concern for Others and a Baby

Twelve Days Before Christmas Devotions

Then they (the four of them) came to Him, 
bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
(Mark 2:3)

4 days before Christmas let us explore the concept of concern for others. I read a story of a bus driver who saw a woman about to jump from the edge of a bridge. He stopped the bus in traffic, exited the bus, and began gently speaking to her. In a few minutes he had moved her away from the edge of the bridge to safety. Dozens of people had walked or ridden bicycles within inches of the woman, or had driven by but did not render assistance. 

Being concerned for others can be accomplished in so many ways. One method is direct intervention as the bus driver illustrated, but that’s not the only way. How many times have you thought, “I should talk to, hug, send a card to, take a meal to, or pray for _________”, but you didn’t? The problem is that we usually are letting our comfort zone dictate how we show concern. We are all gifted in unique ways, so let your unique gift guide you to the action you should take. 

There is one thing we must keep in mind. None of us would be persons of concern if a baby had not been born. A baby changes everything.

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Many thanks to Randy Tompkins, President of Cornerstone Consultants and member of the 4:12 Network for sharing and permitting me to share these Christmas devotions with you. I hope they will serve as a daily reminder for you of the meaning of Christmas and will encourage you to be a leader who points people toward Christ during these very special days.