Christmas can be a great time of connection. Gathering with our loved ones can make Christmas feel extra special. Make the most of Christmas this year, by being intentional about strengthening your relational connection with the people immediately around you.
Thanks to the internet, our society is hyper-connected. Whether you like it or not we are plugged into the largest communication hub ever known to man. But the cracks of disconnection are starting to show.
We are bloated with hyper-connectedness yet we hunger for a connection that is true, genuine, and personal.
Humans are hardwired for genuine connection. And it’s in that space Jesus calls you to share him with the world. After His death and resurrection, Jesus gathers his disciples together and sends them out, saying,
“you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.” - Acts 1:8
Notice the progression of Jesus’ instructions; Jerusalem followed by Judea and Samaria, and finally the ends of the earth.
For the disciples, Jerusalem was the *immediate area*, the centre of their culture and society. Judea and Samaria were regions beyond the immediate, and the ends of the earth were… well, as far as you can go.
So if you’re looking for a way to share Jesus, start in YOUR Jerusalem. Start with your friends, family and the people you see every day – and there’s no better time to do this than when you’re gathering together at Christmas.
As you celebrate this season, find ways to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit.
In the context of your close relationships, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and take opportunities to open up conversations about Jesus, church and faith.
People are hungry for genuine connection. Make the most of Christmas this year by limiting your hyper-connection with the world and explore true, genuine connection with the people already around you.