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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Let Christ be in you

By Shirley Spray, pastor, Community of Christ Church | Dec 28, 2012

In many parts of the British Commonwealth, Dec. 26 is observed as Boxing Day. It was tradition on this day to open the “poor boxes” of the church and to distribute their contents to the poor.

In the weeks before Christmas Day, we encountered numerous reminders for us to be charitable and give. Street corner bell ringers and shopping mall donation trees were opportunities to generously give to those who are less fortunate, the poor, the homeless, those who have recently suffered disasters of fire, wind or flood.

Today we recognize that although Christmas Day has passed, the needs are ongoing. As we open our hearts to let Christ live in us, may we continue to give as we remember and celebrate the event in Bethlehem.

In Colossians 3:12-17, Paul reminds us that “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,” we are all special in God’s eyes.

It also reminds us that we are called to a higher, holy standard. An important change should take place in our lives when we accept this challenge.

This change should touch our relationships with everyone we meet. Our behaviour should reflect compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

These five virtues are traits of Christians, regardless of time or place.

We should do more than live these virtues. We should be these virtues. Christ should rule our hearts and lives.

That is not to say there will not be disputes, problems or misunderstandings. But if we do all things in thanksgiving and love, the life as a disciple will be evident to the world.

The excitement of Christmas Day has passed, but we are still within the Christmas season. This life is one of growth — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We move from the birth in Bethlehem to the life we are called to lead wherever we are.

During the season of Christmas and its celebrations, we internalize the meaning of the gift of God. We are now challenged to allow these experiences to transform us for service.

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