by Pokey Possum 12/17/13
I don’t buy Christmas gifts. Everyone who would customarily be on my Christmas list appears to have everything they need, and some stuff they don’t.
Though it concerns me that someone might feel slighted by not getting a gift from me, in protest to the marketing opportunity that Christmas has become, I don’t buy Christmas gifts. I’m certainly not against capitalism or profits. It is just a shame that something that started out so good has morphed into an annual orgy of consumerism. That “something” is the giving of a special gift, meant to be cherished not only for its content but for the gift-givers love represented by it.[pullquote]People who reject His gift because they have everything they need. They have themselves.[/pullquote]
Is there anyone reading this who doesn’t know the original Christmas gift is Jesus Christ? Fathom the vastness of the Father’s love that He would send His holy Son, humbly, to a world of people He knew would not appreciate the incomparable value of His gift. People who reject His gift because they have everything they need. They have themselves.
Yet, there are some who choose to receive His gift – and He calls them His children:
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:12-14
What a gift! Think of the implications of being a child of One so loving, so powerful, so generous. Think of the favor, the blessings, the opportunities! Think of the future, the promise, the inheritance that comes with being a child of the living God!
Think of the gratitude that such a gift deserves. How can it ever be expressed?
Wouldn’t gratitude in the form of praise of such a great gift be appropriate? Yes, indeed! And praise upon praise to the giver, as well! And wouldn’t the One who sets the example of ultimate gift-giving be honored if I attempt to imitate Him? I believe so, but I don’t buy Christmas gifts.
I don’t buy gifts at Christmas, because I don’t want to be so caught up in trying fulfill the impossible expectations of finding the ‘perfect Christmas gift’ that I neglect to appreciate the one truly perfect gift – Jesus Christ. I like to take this time to offer special praises to the Father and the Son. I have the rest of the year to express my love to family and friends, and sometimes strangers, in various ways. Ways that can be fun or just funny, or that might be sacrificial or difficult. Ways that may require humility or effort, or make me vulnerable to judgement or rejection. Ways that I hope will bring honor and glory to God. Ways that reflect my deep appreciation for the great gift I have received.
Merry Christmas! If you haven’t yet, I hope you receive the perfect gift. • (962 views)