Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Unwrapping one more gift

Christmas has come and gone, the Christmas gifts have been opened and the wrapping thrown away. Remember the shopping that went into getting all those gifts? Perhaps you received, or gave, gifts that were nice but not really the perfect give. Perhaps settling for a gift card or something generic but not knowing what would really please the receiver. Does the same thing happen when we give gifts to God? Do we give to Him not knowing exactly what would please Him. Sometimes we give Him what we think would please Him, like perfect church attendance, giving to others, more faithfulness, or money. When we bring gifts to the King, we need to be sure it is what He wants. Before we take on that extra duty or activity, let's ask Him what He wants of us. When He tells us what He wants and we give it, it will be the perfect gift. The perfect gift might not look like what you would expect. The kings brought Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. Appropriate gifts for a baby born in a manager? Hardly. Appropriate gifts for a kings to give another King? Entirely! Ask Him what would please Him and then give it freely.
What about the gifts you received, did you open them? Have you enjoyed them? Used them? I heard yesterday of one store that makes $8.000,000 each year in unredeemed gift cards! Let's make sure we receive all that He has for us. It is already given but we have to unwrap what He has for us. God in His grace and "divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him." (2 Peter 1:3) "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Cor 9:15)