For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. – Philippians 1:8-11

We’re not exactly in harvest season, but in thinking about this text from the Apostle Paul I’m reminded of that time of year when people who aren’t necessarily regular churchgoers find their way back to church for Christmas Eve services.  Yes, those of us in the church can often joke about the Easter and Christmas crowd, but there’s something very important that we miss in this…

These individuals are searching for something, as we all are.  Anyone who attends church on Christmas Eve is there for a reason – a chance to reconnect with their past, a time to be with family, or maybe even because it’s what is “supposed” to be done.

The church has long been guilty of being too inwardly-focused and too woe-is-me with everything written about its decline in modern culture.  The truth is that there has never been a greater opportunity for those of us who are alive today to share the love and light of Christ with the world.  “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few,” Jesus said.  And that harvest can start with our friends and neighbors this month who may feel as though Jesus’ birth should still be a part of their Christmas celebration, even as the world tries to take Christ out of the equation.

Let us overflow with the knowledge of God taking on flesh so that our hearts may overflow with love this season.  And let us do what we can to help someone take a step forward in knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

-Pastor Matt Yoder