What is God asking you to do? That question was posed to us last Sunday in our sermon, followed by this statement: "When God asks you to do something difficult, He is giving you an invitation to show your love for Him." God asked something difficult of Joseph. He asked him to marry the young girl he was already engaged to, all the while knowing that she was pregnant though they had never been intimate. He asked him to believe that she was a virgin. He asked him to trust that the child would be the promised Messiah. He asked him not to fear.
God has asked me to do a few difficult things this Christmas season. Most important of all, He has asked me to show my love for Him by loving others more. He's asked me to give up some self-indulgence to show love to friends and family. He's asked me to party less and pray more...to spend less and give more...to worship Him more and things less.
I haven't washed anybody's feet lately...but I did wash my brother's hair. The visiting physical therapist showed me how to wheel him over to the kitchen sink so I could do it. It was mechanically an easy thing to do. Emotionally, it was very difficult. I struggled to keep my composure. How could this really be happening? Outwardly I smiled, but inwardly my heart was breaking.
But the funny thing about love is you never have to run out. Because the more of it you give, the more you get back and the fuller your tank gets. So don't be afraid to love more this Christmas. Joseph was able to connect the dots. He took Mary to be his wife. And he gained a Savior. All because of God's love. What about you? Are you loving more this Christmas?