Christmas is just a few weeks away, and while we are all out and about purchasing a number of presents for our brothers, sisters, parents, nieces and nephews, it’s important to reflect upon what Christmas represents.
Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-10 mark the day as the birth of baby Jesus. Jesus is God incarnated in human form. He came in the flesh to save our souls from sin. So why do we give gifts? The wise men brought Jesus gifts when He was born, but they did so in an effort to worship Him. They knew that the real gift of Christmas was Jesus, Himself.
This Christmas, let’s all make an effort to be more Christ-like. Jesus loved to give, but His giving had no limit. Why do we limit our giving to family and friends, especially when we are all brothers and sisters in the kingdom of Heaven?
As a Christian organization, we urge you to consider giving to someone in need this Christmas. Below, we have created a list of three incredible Christian charities that work to deliver a better Christmas to people in desperate need of help.
(It is important for Christians to bear fruit. Giving to those in need is a great way to set an example.)
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The three Christmas charities are outlined below:
#1: Samaritan’s Purse: International Relief
Operation Christmas Child is a Christmas ministry project run by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides gifts to children internationally. Christians sign up and pack a shoebox full of gifts. Operation Christmas Child then goes in and adds ‘a colorful presentation of the Gospel [written] in their own language’ into each shoebox. Some of the children are getting gifts for the first time in their life, others are getting gifts they never could have imagined receiving, but all of them are also gaining something more eternal: the gift of God.
#2: The Salvation Army
We all see, and hear, those Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells outside retail stores during the Christmas season for donations, but do you know exactly what those donations go towards? Each year those donations go to provide ‘Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need.’ Their aim is to provide spiritual light to people in need, so the real meaning of Christmas prevails. So instead of walking past those Salvation Army volunteers as you do your Christmas shopping, stop, thank them, and donate.
#3: World Vision
World Vision isn’t specifically designed to be a Christmas project, but it does give children and families gifts more valuable to their life than a toy could be. Through World Vision, you can choose a family or child, and the specific gift you would like to give. Gifts ranges from food, medicine and clothes, to aiding in the help to save young girls from the global sex trade. This Christian organization is motivated by their faith in Jesus Christ to serve ‘the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people.’
Celebrate Christmas by Giving
Get into the real spirit of Christmas this year and choose to be an example of God’s unyielding love. If your funds are not easily expandable this year, there are other options that foster the spirit of giving. Consider shopping through AmazonSmile! They offer the same discounted products as the regular Amazon, but gives you the option to donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice! Learn more about AmazonSmile is changing lives.
Above all, celebrate by giving – give to those who have little, so they may, for one day, feel like they have a lot.