Monday, 16 December 2013

The Ideal Gift

Perhaps Christmas is a time when more than any other time of the year we tend to reflect on what we have or do not have.  For those who truly know Christ as Lord and Savior we realize that we have been given the greatest gift that anyone could ever hope to receive.   It is a gift that will keep on giving into eternity. 

Over the years many of the gifts that we have received have worn out.  In some cases we just become tired of the item or a newer, better version is a coveted replacement.  In some cases we try to figure out how we can gracefully get rid of the gift without hurting the feelings of the giver.

God’s gift seems to grow in value the older I get.  It not only never wears out, it is more valuable to me today than the day I first received it.  There will never be a newer, better version of this gift.  I will never look for a way to discard this gift.

If you are someone who sends out Christmas cards, why not pray for each person and/or family as you address your envelopes.  Consider at least one person who you think may be discouraged, lonely and/or feeling hopeless and pray for them AND call them and just ask how you can help them or just listen to them.

Pray for God to bring someone across your path over the next week with whom you can share God’s precious gift.  Remember He willingly gives it to all who ask.  Revelation 3:20 tells us that Jesus is “standing at the door and knocking.  If anyone hears His voice and opens the door, He will come in…”  What a blessing to be in cahoots with God’s Spirit in helping to dispense the gift of eternal life to someone you know or just meet by “chance”.

This can be a season of frenetic activity, some of which can be stressful even for the most joy filled among us.  Here is where our light can shine.  People watch how we respond to life, and a positive response even in the most trying of times might just be our greatest witness.  Chances are that we will run into more than our share of harried, rude, pushy people over the next week.  How we respond to someone else’s inconsiderate behavior will speak volumes about who we are in Christ.

Finally, if our husband/wife doesn’t see Christ living in us, it makes our professed faith seem rather phony and shallow.  Being cheerful and kind to those outside the family but not inside reeks with insincerity and hypocrisy.   

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