As Christmas day creeps closer and closer, do you give thought to what you can do for Christ as a gift to Him? We make a list of all to whom we want to give gifts. We search for the perfect gift, buy, and then wrap it as beautifully as we can. But how much thought goes into a gift for the One who gave this holiday meaning?
“But how much thought goes into a gift for the One who gave this holiday meaning?”
In scripture, we learn that of those alive at the time of Christ’s birth, only a handful are noted as giving Him something. Those who gave to Him offered a variety of gifts based on what God ordained that they give. And some gave, unaware of the fact that their actions were indeed the gift.
“Those who gave to Him offered a variety of gifts based on what God ordained that they give. And some gave, unaware of the fact that their actions were indeed the gift.”
There is Mary, the Christ child’s mother. She offered Him a womb and a heart willing to take the heat of being an unwed mother to be a vessel for God’s purposes. Joseph too offered a willingness to take responsibility for a child He did not father. He believed in God’s design and purposes and offered complete trust despite facing many obstacles.
The innkeeper, perhaps the most unaware of His contribution, offered a place to be born and to rest His head. The gift of hospitality is as important as carrying a child or raising one. It is as important as offering obedience and trust. You don’t know what impact one act of hospitality can make.
The shepherds offered their time to come and worship at His feet. They just wanted to be near this Savior they had become so excited about. Likewise, the “wisemen” came to see the new King. They had a unique view of the events as they were students of prophecy. So their gifts, which were physical gifts, fell in line with future events they knew from prophecy would be needed. (That is so interesting! You should research the gifts of the “wisemen” sometime! You won’t regret it!)
In the characters of the Christmas story, we see different degrees of understanding as well as several different types of offerings. What things do you have in your life that you can give to Christ as a gift? Time, money, service, hospitality, obedience. Any of these would be acceptable if it is given with a heart of genuine love for Him. All He asks for is your heart. Once you have the joy of His love in your heart, the gifts will start pouring out as you give to others, sharing His gift of love.
Following are the fourth week of Advent reading passages:
Now listen to this new song and have a Merry Christmas!!