During the Christmas season we are busy preparing for Christmas Day. We are searching for the perfect gifts for everyone, figuring out where our time will be spent. Often, unintentionally, we loose sight of the real reason of Christmas. There is not one perfect gift you can ever buy someone. It might seem perfect at the time, but it’s only providing a temporary happiness.
When you reflect on the Christmas Story God already sent us all the perfect gift and that was when He put His son Jesus on the cross to die for our sins, past, present and future.
Jesus was perfect in every way, yet He hung on the cross suffering for everything we have done and will do.
We were given the perfect gift of peace, forgiveness, grace and the opportunity to spend eternity in heaven.
It’s interesting to me to watch how different people view gifts. You could have two gifts side by side. One wrapped beautifully and one in a wrinkled brown paper sack. Most people are drawn to the beautiful wrapped present and will chose that one. Inside it is just a pile of dirt. Inside the wadded up wrinkled brown bag, a hundred dollars.
This reminds me of my life. No matter how I tried to put myself together in the past nothing purchased could fill that void in my heart. I could appear to have it all together but inside I was a mess.
Once I was brought to the rock bottom I realized the only true happiness is found in Jesus. Not in material possessions, not in any relationship, not in trying to please people. I don’t pretend to have it all together anymore, I don’t have to. No matter how I appear on the outside doesn’t matter, what matters is that people see Jesus living in me.
As we prepare for Christmas my prayer for you is that you stop and reflect on the true reason we celebrate Christmas.
The best gift you can ever give anyone is loving them like Jesus and making sure they know that the most wonderful and priceless gift is theirs. They have to simply open their hands and hearts to accept this eternal gift.
May this Christmas find you with a peace only Jesus can provide.
Luke Chapter 2
Romans Chapter 8