I recently heard a story about a couple in Nashville, who had been out shopping one day and returned home to find a message on their answering machine. It was obviously a wrong number, as the message was left for an organization that provides food for the hungry at Christmas time. The woman on the message, named Thelma, was very upset because she and her family had not received their food basket. She left her address and hung up. The couple looked at each other and both knew that the organization would never know that her family hadn’t received the food basket. She hadn’t left a phone number so there was no way to call her back. So they decided they should do something. They went out and bought a ham and a large box of food. They wandered around the projects of Nashville until they found the address, went upstairs, and knocked on the door. That family was so excited to see the couple with the box of food. They set it down and wished them a Merry Christmas. As they left the home, they teared up as they looked up and said, “God, when people call in need, please don’t ever let our number be the wrong number.”
Many people gather at Christmas for celebrations. Those celebrations include special decorations, food, and of course devotionals or stories about the real meaning of Christmas. Often the real meaning is isolated to the focus of simply the baby in the manger. Often the story never leaves the manger…
If I never left the manger in my Christmas meditations, I would miss the depth of Christmas. The baby Jesus did not stay in that manger, but increased in wisdom and stature, showed us true righteousness, and gave His life to ransom people from their sins.
For a meaningful Christmas season, we must realize what the Holy Spirit wants to do through us. These can include feeding the hungry, helping the needy, visiting the sick, caring for the widows, helping someone who is going to be alone this holiday season, and many other ways He desires for others to see His love through you. Often it is not the wrong number; it is the wrong meditations that lead to a lack of compassion and concern for others.
When those circumstances present themselves and the Holy Spirit dials your number – don’t treat it like the wrong number this season and this coming year…instead view the actions of Jesus beyond the cradle. It is there you will see the compassion and care for others.
Choose a verse to add to your meditations today!
Jude 1:22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”
1 John 3:17, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.”
Luke 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.