As we near Christmas, we are reminded of everything EXCEPT Christ. We see Santa, elves, trees, lights and commercialism…everywhere.
We see people all around us pull there greed and selfishness out of the closet and put forth their lists. We see the focus of a selfish world turn ever so clearly toward oneself and even if someone goes out of their way to do something nice for someone else, very rarely will that deed be done in complete selflessness.
There is only one person in the history of this world that did something selfless. That one man, we love and adore…His name is Jesus. His whole mission in life was to come and serve and die. Nothing else really. He was the sacrificial Lamb and that was His destiny. He grew up passing the hill of the skull and most likely passed it many times coming and going throughout His short life. What temptation to worry and dwell!
Jesus died to cover the sins of many. God would give Him those He would die for, and gritting His teeth, He bore the punishment and pain ear-marked for us. He went gladly to the slaughter. He glorified God in His obedience unto death and we can stand before Him today justified because of it. He gave His life for me and in return I gave Him the cross, those nails, that crown of thorns…my wretched sin!!
We will celebrate Christ this Christmas and yes we will have presents. Every present, we will offer thanksgiving to God because He owns us. He delivered our family from the clutches of the enemy and for that we will be continually grateful.
When you give gifts this year, give them with the continual thought of what Christ gave. GIVE! Focus on the giving and not the receiving. Ever since I was saved in 2009, I have had a hard time receiving gifts to myself. I have no problem giving…I love giving, especially to those who don’t except it. Those random acts of kindness that I love to do to my family and to others, leave such an impression and if one can do them without receiving any credit…all the better! Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Give to those around you, at home, at work and do it in such a way where no one will know it was from you. This way, it will keep the gift pure and keep your ego and pride in check.
Watch the video, listen to the music and words, watch Christ as He hung lifelessly on the cross and keep that image burned on your eyes this holiday season.
This is one of the main reasons why the world has ousted Christ and His birth from society…it goes against the flow of what man wants. EVERYTHING FOR HIMSELF. Buck the trend and give without any expectation of receiving.