In the beauty and glamor that surrounds us. The warm cosy feeling of sharing delicious food, laughing and spending precious time with family and loved ones, Christmas is a very special day to many people across the globe.
I don’t know what this day might mean to you, a “Happy holiday”, or think of it as another day.December 25th is a day set aside to acknowledge and celebrate the birth of Jesus, and to understand the purpose of Jesus Christ.
Gifts come in all sort of shapes and sizes. Personally I believe that it is a blessing to offer a gift to those that we love and care for.
But today I would like to just stop and take the time to share one reason why this day is so special.
If we look deeper into the birth of Jesus in Matthew chapter 2 we find that the types of gifts here are known as “grace gifts”, (which were given by not only the wise men but also God himself) . These types of gifts are gifts from the heart and there are impossible to measure the cost, a gift which says that ” I value you”.
If we read verse 9- 11″ After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”
The wise men had never seen Jesus before, yet they understood the importance of Jesus birth. Linking this passage to John 3:16 this always reminds me that Jesus is the greatest gift of all, who came to save us. That is when I realized the importance of a gift that you may offer/receive, but to also consider what the gift REPRESENTS.
As I have mentioned before, you may have not the money to the buy a gift that you were hoping to give, but let tell you that there are some gifts that you can still offer, which don’t have a price tag attached to them. The value that you place on a relationship, the service you offer to anyone are also forms of gifts too. Last but not least my favourite the gift of memories. I have remembered times where the encouragement and the company of a friend and family has been more than enough, during times of needs, hardship, breakdown,hopelessness. Personally I could never put a price on these moments, as they are memories that I will always be grateful for.
Whatever you have desired to give, even if you feel it is small or insignificant, let us give out of love, joy not out of reluctance or obligation because it’s that times where everyone else exchanges gifts. This brings me to a very important question for all of us to think about. How do we give back to the one who has given Himself (Jesus)?.
Well that’s all for me today , have a merry Christmas everyone, eat, smile , laugh, be merry and remember something good for me 🙂