The Ultimate Christmas Present
So what are you going to buy him for Christmas? That one person in your life who is impossible to buy for? It’s always a “him” isn’t it? Women are easy to buy for, but men … impossible! Another pair of socks, or a bottle of wine, or a BBQ spatula … what useless thing are you going to waste your money on this year, hmm?!
That Very First Christmas Present
As we head into another hectic silly season, I just wanted to take a few minutes with you to think about the whole ritual of giving presents, something that these days, we seem to rush around the shopping malls in ever decreasing circles to do. Credit cards maxed out, nerves frayed … the pressure is on to buy everyone their present.
Tick … tick … tick … that’s it, I’m done!!! Phew.
But things were a whole bunch different on that first Christmas. Because the first Christmas Present was an eternity in the making. God had been thinking about that first Christmas Present literally forever. He’d been thinking about you, about me and how He was going to bless us … forever.
Problem was, you and I had rebelled against Him. Well, not way back then, but He knew that we were going to. So what would you give a rebellious, disobedient, ill-mannered child like you and me, for Christmas.
God decided to give us the single, most precious Thing that He had. God decided to give us His All:
Jesus, His Son.
Can you imagine what was going on in the great and mighty Father Heart of God that night, as His Son slipped quietly into this world? The indescribable joy at knowing that His great love-plan for you and me, a love-plan with eternal ramifications, was beginning to unfold. Yet it was a moment for Him that was also tinged by a deep sadness, in the knowledge of what Jesus His Son would have to suffer on that brutal Cross.
Yes, on that first Christmas, God gave us all that He had. Jesus.
Your Christmas Present to God
So … how are you going to respond this Christmas? I mean, what’s your plan to bless God? What are you going to give Him? Do you have something wrapped up for Him under the tree?
Maybe you’ve never thought of doing that, responding to God’s first Present, His All, with a present of your own, to Him.
So if you were to do that, what would you give God for Christmas?
Another pair of socks, a BBQ spatula, a bottle of wine? What’s an appropriate Christmas present from you to God, pray tell?
Seems to me, that since He gave us His All on that first Christmas, the only response, is for us, to give Him our all. To hold nothing back. To dedicate, perhaps to rededicate, our very lives to Him. We start off wanting to give Him our all, but as the months and years slip by, we find things to hold back from Him.
Our resources, our finances, that one part of our lives where we keep sinning, because we don’t let God into that place.
What have you been holding back from the Lord your God? Would this Christmas be a good time to give it all over to Him?
Father God, I am blown away by what You gave me on that very first Christmas. Your very own Son, your All, to live for me, to die for me, to rise again … for me. And as I look at my own heart, and my own life, I am so painfully aware that I’ve done anything but love you, with all my heart and my soul and my strength and my mind. I am so painfully aware that I have held things back from You, knowing full well that You held nothing back from me. So this Christmas, I want to give You the single, most important thing that I have to give. Me.
So, here goes … All that I am, all that I have, every hope and every dream, I give to you. Please take me just as I am, all of me, whatever it may cost me, so that from this Christmas onward, I would live my whole life, every minute of every day, for You.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Your Christmas Present to The Important People In Your Life
And what about the people who matter most to you? Your wife or your husband? Your parents or your children? Your friends or your work colleagues? What about them? What will you give them this Christmas?
Something useless, or something that will light up their lives?
I know husbands on this planet, who would give their right arms to have their wife come up to them, put her arms around his shoulders, look in his eyes and from the bottom of her heart say “I love you so much, I am so blessed to have you as my husband.” And doubtless, there are many wives who would give their right arms to have their husbands do just that too.
I know so many children who would just die to have their parents reach into their world – as odd and as different as it may seem to mum and dad – with a gift that says “We are so proud of you, we love you so much”.
It turns out that for them, the ultimate Christmas gift, is you! All of you. You in a way that connects deeply with them.
When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus said this:
Just as we hold things back from God, so, in our selfishness, do we hold things back from our loved ones. And in that holding back, we cause them the same sense of grief and loss that we cause God.
So this Christmas, give them something they really, really, really, want.