Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20
Christmas is a time of giving gifts to our loved ones and to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Jesus tells us in Acts 20:35 that “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. He should know as no one has given a better gift to mankind than He of Himself.
Do we give sacrificially like Jesus did, even to those who malign and curse His name? Do we give only to our own families? Some may give out of a feeling of obligation or to enhance our social standing in societies “Happy Holidays” gift-giving mentality.
Unfortunately much of mankind has become more interested in the receiving of gifts than in the Giver of gifts. Some do not even know that it is His birthday they are actually celebrating.
Lets face it, materialism has taken over and we now desire – no actually we demand – gifts that bring us joy for a short period of time before that empty feeling of “something is missing” comes seeping back into the pit of our very being.
We are mystified at why our teens are committing suicide in record numbers when they have been given more in gifts than their parents ever received?
“Why”, we ask, “is there chaos and violence all around us by those who pay no attention to the laws of our land?
Why is there never any lasting peace when our governments are always negotiating to attain peace in a world full of wars?”
The answer is very simple, yet shunned by the world and labeled as foolish by most. The fact is we must do as Jesus did when He emptied Himself of ‘self’ and became the Giver of the worlds greatest gift… eternal life.
This Christmas as you ponder what gifts to give, let go of what others may think of you, and give a Bible. Introduce your loved ones to the best gift you could ever give or receive – give the words of love from the Giver Himself.