Intro: Christmas is about salvation and God’s plan to reconcile humanity to himself. For believers, we live with hope, because we have our gaze fixed upon Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of our faith. Believers live by the power of God, so we enjoy peace and security that escapes the world. Even when we face trials, believers rejoice in the midst of them because we are confident in God’s love and purpose for our lives. The trials are not to show God our faith; rather, the trials are to reveal our enduring faith to the world. You are an example for people around you each day, so make a special effort to share your hope, peace, joy, and love with others who need Jesus.
1 Peter 1:8-9 You love him passionately although you have not seen him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory. 9 For you are reaping the harvest of your faith—the full salvation promised you—your souls’ victory! [salvation]
Prayer: Lord, the joy we find in your kingdom is beyond the power of our words to express. Thank you for building my faith and trust in your care each day. Please continue to produce the fruit of joy as you work in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.