Faith Is Not always Easy!
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)
“They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11 NLT)
For almost 50 years we have kept a tradition of having a family gathering on Christmas morning. It started years ago when our kids were little and it has become a sacred time where we read the Christmas story and share what we’re grateful for.
Often, Jesus gets shut out during Christmas. Imagine you planned a party and invited many people. Everyone brings lots of gifts, and they trade presents with one another — and you get nothing. Sometimes we give gifts to everyone but Jesus.
I want to suggest 4 gifts you can give to Jesus:
Give him your trust. Faith is a voluntary matter. Jesus doesn’t have your trust unless you give it to him. He will never force it.
Make Jesus first place in your life. If anything or anyone other than Jesus holds first place in your life, it’s an idol. This Christmas, choose to make Jesus first in your finances, interests, relationships, schedule, etc,
Give Jesus your heart. Your heart is what you love, what you value, and what you care about most. Jesus says, “ Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Luke 12:34 NLT)
Bring other people to Jesus. God wants a family more than anything else this Christmas. He wants children who choose to love and trust Him. It is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Invite someone to Jesus this Christmas. Tell someone about what Jesus has done in your life.
The Bible tells us that the Wise Men didn’t give Jesus their leftovers when they visited Him on the first Christmas but instead gave three very significant and valuable gifts: They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and “They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." (Matthew 2:11 NLT).
As you give Jesus your trust, make Him first in your life, give what you value to His work, and bring other people to Him, you’re giving Him gifts far more valuable than the ones the Wise Men brought.
So tell Jesus “Happy Birthday” this Christmas. Give Him your best.