And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22
I just read an amazing story. A Swiss lady worked for a super wealthy family in New York. At Christmastime they always exchanged gifts. This lady didn’t really have anything to give, and even if she did, she had no clue what to get a family where the individuals have everything. Finally, she came up with an idea. She bought an outfit for a baby and went in search of the poorest family, with a baby, she could find. She had someone else deliver the gift because she was worried the family would thank her. On Christmas morning, she received many gifts, but gave nothing in return. She explained, “I’m sorry I didn’t get you anything, but I did do something for you,” she explained. She told the story and simply said, “I try to do kindness in your name. This is my Christmas present to you.”
What would it be like if between now and Christmas, you and I did a simple kindness in God’s name? Like the family in the story I read, He already has everything. Unfortunately, because of many of His supposed followers, many Americans don’t think that God makes that much of a difference in people’s lives. Even when kindness is done in God’s name, most individuals seek some sort of credit. If the individual doesn’t seek credit for himself or herself, then they seek credit for the church they attend. I ask again, what would it be like if between now and Christmas, you and I did a simple kindness in God’s name?
I don’t know what this will look like for me. I kind of envision keeping a hundred-dollar bill in my pocket, driving around, and asking God to lead me where this money will meet the greatest need. Then, simply saying, “The Lord wanted you to have this . . . Merry Christmas!” I am certainly going to pray and ask Him to lead me as specifically as possible.
Please, prayerfully consider what kindness you could do in God’s name. Seek to give Him all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise. Let’s make His name more like the great name that it really is.
Lord, lead us and guide us to do kindness in Your name. I’m sorry for all the times I’ve misrepresented You. I’m sorry for all the times I’ve been fearful and unbelieving. I’m sorry for seeking to make my own name great. I want to follow You. I want to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I want to make Your name great. Will You lead me and anyone else reading this to do kindness in Your name? May it lead to life more abundantly for all involved. Amen