Are you familiar with the song The Twelve Days of Christmas? It is a rather lengthy Christmas carol listing a variety of gifts someone gives to a loved one for Christmas. While the items listed in the song seem bizarre to us today, they were common in the time the song was written; however, they were actually code for spreading the Gospel from one generation to another.
There was a time when Roman Catholics were not allowed to share their faith in England. From 1558-1828 they were forbidden to openly practice their religion. Wanting to pass their faith on from generation to generation called for creativity on their part. Under the guise of a song, believers were able to share their faith with another.
What would your life be like if you couldn’t openly celebrate your faith? Would you choose to believe what you believe and keep quiet or would you share your faith no matter the cost?
Many believers around the globe are faced with this decision today. We are very fortunate to live in a country where we can openly profess our faith in Jesus Christ and share that with our friends and family. It would be a tragedy not to take advantage of the opportunity while we have the freedom to share our faith.
Acts 1:8 says we will be Christ’s witnesses across the world. Matthew 28:18-20 commissions us all to take the Gospel to the nations. What creative ways are you implementing to share the truth of Jesus Christ with those you encounter? You may not write a clever song to share the message, but you have been called to share it nonetheless. There is no time like the present. Who will you give Jesus to today?
The Song’s Hidden definition:
My True Love= God
Me= The Christian
Partridge in a pear tree= Jesus
Two Turtle Doves= Old and New Testament
Three French Hens= Faith, Hope, and Love
Four Calling Birds= Four Gospels
Five Golden Rings= First Five Books of the Bible
Six Geese A-laying= Six Days of Creation
Seven Swans A-Swimming= Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight Maids A-Milking= The Beatitudes
Nine Ladies Dancing= Nine Fruits of the Spirit
Ten Lords A-Leaping= Ten Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping= Eleven Faithful Disciples
Twelve Drummers Drumming= Twelve Points of the Apostles Creed
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