Giving Community: Advent Day 1

So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River—the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:18–21 NLT)

During the Christmas season, we often look at Christ’s birth divorced from the rest of the story of the people of Israel. However, Jesus was not born in a vacuum; He was born at a specific time within a specific people group in a specific part of the world. There was intentionality throughout God’s plan, leading all the way back to the creation of the world.

God’s covenant with Abram in Genesis 15 is one of the early pieces that God set in place as He paved a path to the Incarnation. This is the seed that once planted became the nation of Israel, which was intended from the beginning to be a holy nation, a people set apart for the Lord, not as an indictment against the nations around them but as a beacon to invite them to join God’s community. The children of Abraham were always meant to be a blessing to the world, a community that gives rather than condemns.

This week’s video tells the story of what it looks like when a community of believers acts as this sort of beacon, extending their community beyond the church to bless those around them. Watch the video above and ask yourself how God is leading you and your community to act as a beacon that blesses the people around you and invites them to join the larger community of God.