SERVE YOUR NEIGHBOR CHALLENGE

WEEK TWELVE: DECEMBER 20 - 26

“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” - Luke 10:33-34

It’s the final week! Congratulations on making it 12 weeks. Even if you didn’t complete every prompt, each act of obedience helped you grow as a follower of Jesus and helped you love your neighbor more. That was our goal: to make us better neighbors by Christmastime.
 
This week is all about a big final gesture - creating or purchasing a gift that is catered specifically to your neighbor(s). In other words, Grace Bomb!
 
A Grace Bomb is an intentional act of love motivated by Jesus. There’s no better time to Grace Bomb than at Christmas. Why? Because Jesus Himself is God’s deepest act of intentional love, sent here on our behalf. Salvation is a free gift to us (Romans 6:23) and so through a generous gift to others, we can connect the love of Jesus to our unbelieving neighbor(s).
 
So think of a gift that would be a blessing and add a Grace Bomb card to your gift (you can find printable cards here). Let ‘er go sometime this week.
 
As you conclude this challenge, take a moment to pray over your community. Ask that God would continue to draw you together, use you, and bring your neighbor(s) to saving faith in Him. It might sound something like this:
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son this Christmas. I pray that you would use me to be a light to my neighbors that helps reveal the grace you’ve shown us. Would you continue to draw us closer and give me boldness to share the hope I have in you. Remove the veils and obstacles that my neighbor(s) experience so they can receive the gift of Jesus for themselves. In His name, amen.
 
Merry Christmas to you and your neighbors! And congratulations for making it to the end of the Serve Your Neighbor Challenge.