Cup of Christmas Devotional

Serving a Cup of Christmas

Julia Bettencourt

Posted September 10, 2012


But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.  2 Corinthians 4:3


I love Christmas.  All of it.  I love the carols, the tree, the Christmas story, spending time with friends and family, the cards, the lights, the parties, the food, the presents, the decorations, and everything that Christmas brings.

I also like the effect it has on other people.  People just seem to be a little kinder and gentler.  Well, maybe not everybody, especially when you are out shopping.

In general though, I think Christmas comes with it that feeling of goodness in people.  Maybe because they are all watching all those sappy, sad, and heart pulling Christmas movies on television.  But if the hype, the lights, and all the frill that comes from Christmastime can do that to people; how much more the true meaning of Christmas, the love of Christ, can do for people.

Shouldn't we be pouring out the Gospel so that instead of people just having a feel good time of year, they can have a real substantial lease on life by what Christ can do for them?

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.  2 Corinthians 4:3


Cup of Christmas Cheer.

What better time for some cheer than Christmas.  I love hearing people on the streets and everywhere you go saying "Merry Christmas!".  Yes, that "Happy Holidays" bugs me.  I like to hear "Christmas" because after all the "holidays" aren't having a birthday.  Christ is.

Christmas is the perfect time to give someone else a little cup of cheer by a little encouragement.  It may be in the form of a smile and a "Merry Christmas!" or even a small gift to show they are special.

I love giving baked goods at Christmas.  Okay, I love receiving them too.  People love having a cup of cheer poured their way and as Christians, shouldn't we be the cheer bearers?  We have "good tidings" to share.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  Luke 2:10


Cup of Christmas Love.

I think one of the most special times of Christmas is just spending time with our loved ones.  Love and Christmas just go together because Christ was sent in love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
 John 3:16

What better time of year to pour out a cup of Christ's love with others.


Cup of Christmas Memories.

Christmas is a time that seems to conjure up memories.  We think about past Christmases.  We think about our kids when they were little.  We think of our loved ones who are no longer there but were with us in past Christmases.  We, especially us women, like to pour out our Christmas memories.

Do you have memories of hearing the Christmas story?  Some of us have memories of our dad or a loved one reading the Christmas story every year or there may be a particular sermon you remember of the Christmas story.  As Christians we probably all have parts of the Christmas story that are special to us.

While we are reminiscing about our Christmas memories, what better time than to remember Christ Himself and pour that story out to others.    We've got to be like those shepherds in the Christmas Story.  They went right away and shared the news of Christ.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  Luke 2:17


Cup of Christmas Hope.

When we were little we probably looked at Christmas as a time of hope by hoping we'd find good things under the tree.  As Christians we do have a wonderful hope in Christ. "...Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27.

This is the perfect time of year to share that hope with others because there are so many that are hurting.  They are without that hope.  Pouring out some hope in their cup is just what they need.

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.  Ephesians 2:12

We are supposed to be ready to share a cup of that hope at any time.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.  1 Peter 3:15


Conclusion:

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ.  We all have the means to share the Lord.  It doesn't require expensive presents or lofty aspirations.  

It just requires sharing - just spilling out Christ's love.  Letting it drip over into the saucer.  Pouring it out through what we do and say.


So, what are you offering in your cup this Christmas?


Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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