Have you given any thought to what you might give to the Lord for His birthday? I have to be honest, until I saw a sign at a local church about what gift will you give Christ on Christmas, I hadn't really thought about a gift for Him. Isn't that strange? How many other people would we celebrate their birthdays and give gifts to everyone but the birthday person?
This message is not to bring condemnation to anyone about the way they choose to celebrate Christmas. Let's get rid of that notion right off. No, instead this message is a way of causing us to pause and give some thought to what can I give Christ this year? This is what I came up with.
During the Easter season there are some religions who celebrate lent by giving up something that is a sacrifice in some way, like desserts, or coffee, or eating meat, you get the picture.
Why not for Christmas, say we do something like try to change one thing in our daily routine so that we can give Him a few moments of our time each day.
Remember the song, "Little Drummer Boy". He was a poor little boy who had no material posessions to give. But he did have a special talent, playing the drum. So he played a song for Him. And he didn't just play any ole song. He played his best for Him.
We do not have to have alot of money or a special musical talent. Our Pastor was saying Sunday that Jesus gives us the best present of all, that is being PRESENT with us at all times. He never leaves us. He went on to explain when we do give Jesus some of our time, to give Him our best time. In other words not at the end of the day when we are so tired we can't go another step, or keep our eyes open another minute.
There needs to be a time of day that we can set aside especially on purpose for the Lord each day. A time that we can sit at His feet and worship Him and learn from Him through His word. In other words some quality time.
I think this would be the best present we could give to Jesus on His birthday. Special one on one time with just Him. How many children or parents know that this is what they appreciate most from each other? One on one time, not the material gifts.
Do not let the Christmas season get you down, or stress you out. That was never God's intention. He did not send His Son to the world to bring us stress everytime His birthday came around. He sent Him so that through Him we could know His peace and His grace, and to give us the greatest gift of all, the gift of Salvation, the gift of Eternal Life with Him and the Father.
Luke 2 v 8-14....Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth "peace, "goodwill toward men!"......
You see there is nothing about stress and heartache being brought to you. But instead Peace, Good tidings of Great Joy.
So this Christmas let's pause and take time to give Jesus our best gift of all.
Let's give Him some on purpose quality time each day. AMEN!
STAY IN THE WORD!