The Four Gifts of Advent: Partnership
Here we are in the season of Advent. For those unfamiliar with this term, it comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “arrival,” and it is used to refer to the four weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, we reflect and prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth – the ultimate gift.
So, in the spirit of Advent, we’re talking about the four greatest gifts that we, as Christ-followers, can give to those around us. And no, I’m not talking about a new puppy with a red bow tied around its collar; I’m talking about the kind of gifts that leave a lasting impact on others.
If Jesus is the ultimate gift, it makes sense to look closer at His life for clues about ways that we can also be a gift to others! As I’ve been reading through the gospels, one of the themes that has stood out to me is how Jesus constantly partnered with others. And that is the gift I want to talk about today: PARTNERSHIP.
Matthew 1:23 says, “…they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” I love this name for Jesus because it encapsulates the idea that God (GOD!) came down and became one of us. He chose to partner with humanity, to become a part of it, in order to bring about the salvation of the world. Similarly, throughout Jesus’ life, we see examples of him serving others and inviting others to serve with him. His life was characterized by relationship and care, and ours should be too!
In today’s world, especially post-pandemic, so many people live their lives alone. But this should not be! We were created to be in relationship! Now – more than ever – people need the gift of partnership. They need someone to extend a hand and open the door to community.
So, what does this look like practically?
Well, when a neighbor needs to go pick up some lumber at the lumberyard, offer to help load and unload it. If you see an unmet need at your church, volunteer to help fill it. Partner with a coworker to get a work project done faster so that you can all go home on time today.
The gift of partnership is the gift of simply caring for those around you in tangible ways. How can you give the gift of partnership this Christmas season?
For more ideas around caring for and partnering with your coworkers, check out the iWork4Him Nation Covenant! One of the four tenants is “CARE,” and its essentially partnership lived out. To find out more, simply CLICK HERE or go to: iwork4him.com/jointhenation