The Gift that Keeps On Giving
If you’re like me, you still have some Christmas gifts to buy. I feel guilty if I fail to give a gift, or give the wrong gift. A lot of pressure is on us at Christmas to come up with the right stuff. Is it better to give than receive?
The Christmas story is focused on what we receive. I know that the Christmas story has the Wise Men bearing gifts, but those gifts are symbolic of the greatness of God’s gift to us in Jesus. We are blessed by Jesus in our lives. In Jesus we have the promise of hope in spite of our failures.
It isn’t just for Christmas, either. The grace of Jesus Christ is offered each day in our lives, guaranteeing forgiveness of all our sins, along with hope for life eternal:
King David said this about [Jesus]:‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. Acts 2:2
I’ll still take care to select the right gifts for my family. I love the Christmas season. But I don’t want to lose sight of what we received in Jesus’ birth—and what we continue to receive. This is the season of hope because God demonstrated in Jesus’ birth that he loves us and continues to care for us.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27