On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: One Precious Gift
I remember a friend once explained to me the difference between receiving a gift when you’re without need compared to when you’re in need. When you’re without need, your response to the gift differs significantly than if you were in a great need of that gift. If you were easily capable of obtaining the gift by your own means, you’d be like, “Oh, cool. Thanks, but I could’ve gotten this myself,” compared to, “Oh my goodness! I had this great need, and you freely have given me what I needed. Thank you!”
We are more grateful to receive gifts when we’re empty-handed and unable to provide it for ourselves. As we begin this joyous season, I pray that we’ll fully grasp the meaning of the gift God has freely given to all of us.
The angel declared to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10
I adore the beauty of the gospel and the extent of the love of God because it’s truly for all people. This is one precious gift given willfully by God, and in the giving of His only Son, He gave the gift to all of us. The frustrating part is, for many of us, our hard-working hands are so full of worldly gifts that we are unable to receive the precious gift of God.
Of all the gifts that possibly could be given this season, do they compare to the One Precious Gift from our Father in heaven?
One thing that struck me while reading Anne Graham Lotz’s Expecting To See Jesus, is how she had this annual tradition around Christmas time to ask Jesus what He wanted for His birthday. What does Jesus want for His birthday? The thought hadn’t really occurred to me that I can actually give Him something back. Lotz was simply responding to Jesus’ remarkable act of love and prayed for ways that she can give to Him personally during the Christmas season. Her response is inspiring and eye opening, truly exemplifying the personal relationship we can have with Jesus.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
This gift was personally given to you by your true Love.
It became personal, when God sent His only Son from Heaven to humbly become a little babe who would need to be dependent on His mother. God had everything He possibly could need, yet God saw that we were empty-handed with no hope. God could have given pure wrath, yet He so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whomever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). He could’ve given us what we deserved: the wages of sin is death. However, God countered that curse with the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). There was no room for Him in the inn, but He promises us that in His house there are many rooms, and He goes before us to provide a place for us (John 14:2).
Granted, we are undeserving of the birth of Jesus Christ. The grace and freedom of Jesus Christ is something we cannot purchase or achieve on our own, therefore we are in great need of our Savior’s gift. Jesus fulfilled that great need, and I’m thankful that it’s freely given apart from works. Every Christmas I can reflect on what Jesus Christ sacrificed for my sake and share that with others. This one precious gift is available to you. Are you willing to receive it? To spread it like glitter?
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