I love this time of year. The festive lights, decorations and the gatherings with friends and family that have become yearly traditions are something I always look forward to. Gift giving is much more fun than receiving if your heart is in the right place. It’s definitely something I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older.
Aside from what the giving of the gifts convey, the wrapping and decorating of the gifts can also express to the recipient how the giver feels about them. There is something special about opening a gift that looks artistic and attractive. Watching children’s faces light up with excitement over opening a gift is one of the best things about Christmas. With all the pretty wrappings, bows, ribbons and ornaments to choose from, the decor ideas are limitless to making gifts look beautiful, but of course it all boils down to what is inside that really matters.
Can you imagine discovering a heap of magnificent gifts under the Christmas tree but never opening them? Imagine if someone who loves you spent a lot of time making you a gift or picking out something special for you and you didn’t acknowledge it. What if you let a pile of presents sit under the Christmas tree for days — even years — without opening them or enjoying them?
How would the family member or friend who gave you the gift feel if you didn’t unwrap it? I think they would feel a lot like God feels when we don’t unwrap the gifts He has for us.
Just as our loved ones want us to have an enjoyable Christmas and a happy life, God wants that for us and so much more! He wants us to have an abundant and joyous life. His gifts are waiting — wrapped up with each of our names on them. I encourage you to accept the gifts. Don’t let them pile up. Don’t let a single one sit unused.
Start buy ripping off the wrapping paper of God’s Word. It’s a gift from Him that will never get old, never run out and never need batteries. It’s timeless. It’s there for us each day to find new gifts to bring us joy, lift us up, strengthen us and meet our needs. What a loving God He is to put everything we would ever need into one gift.
God’s greatest gift in the whole world is His Son Jesus. Don’t forget with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday that He is the reason for the season. Even though most of us know this, how is it so many forget?
God loved us so much he gave us His most precious gift. What will you do with it?
John 3:16: “For God so loves the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”