“He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken…” Isaiah 61:1 (The Message Bible)
These words are from the prophet Isaiah—spoken 700 years before Jesus was born. Jesus lived these words of Isaiah, and in the process, showed us the way to live our lives.
What has God put on your heart this Advent season to follow in the pattern of Isaiah and Jesus? Perhaps it is the greeting cards you send, along with a special hand-written message—“I’ve been thinking of you…miss you…would love to hear from you.” Or could it be through the cookies you bake and arrange on a small Christmas plate and take to a neighbor you rarely see. The cookies come in second place to your thoughtfulness and presence in their lives, if only for a moment. Have you considered who you might invite to go to church with you on Christmas Eve?
God didn’t pick only preachers, teachers, or doctors to heal the souls of his people. He sent his son, Jesus, who began his life in the most humble of settings, and to be raised by blue-collar parents. Knowing this, I, too, can serve God.
Lord, give us opportunities to serve you by serving others. Amen.