During this special season we think a lot about giving gifts to people who are special to us. Likewise, we need to think of the gift Jesus Christ brings to each of us during this Advent Season. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at five gifts the Lord’s coming has made possible for us. Each one of these gifts is priceless. But like any other gift they must be received and opened.
Our Lord’s coming into the world was indeed the first Christmas gift. God gave something of infinite value to say to us, “I love you more than you can imagine. I want you to know how valuable you are to me.” Our gifts to one another at Christmas ought to be a reflection of God’s first gift to us. When we give to others, it ought to be an expression of gratitude for what God has given to us. The generosity and appreciation revealed through our gifts ought to say to the recipient, “Everything I know about giving, I learned from God’s gift of Jesus Christ to me.” By striving to have our gifts reflect God’s gift to us – by keeping his gift in mind – we may be able to stay focused on giving instead of spending. Giving like God gives is the way of Christmas!
The first gift Christ’s coming brings to us is the gift of companionship. Companionship is our Lord’s Christmas gift to us. Don’t leave it unopened. Open it immediately! Try it on for size and enjoy it! The greatest message of Christmas is simply this – His companionship is available to each one of us. God in Jesus Christ is with you. Emmanuel – God is with us. With the Lord as our companion, you will never walk alone. We experience this marvelous gift of companionship when we, by faith, receive it into our lives.
The gift of His companionship is one of the most valuable gifts you will ever receive. With God as our companion, you will never walk alone. You receive this gift by faith. This means trusting and receiving Him on face value. It is simply opening your heart and letting Him come in. And then giving Him complete control over your life on a daily basis. This will be one of the most fabulous Christmases that you will ever imagine, if you simply say to Him, “I want you Lord Jesus to begin to live your life in and through me.”
See you Sunday in church!