Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ah, Christmas is Here! Give Like God!

"The gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

Ah, Christmas is here! Praise the Lord! Christmas is here (I hope that you can pick up on the enthusiasm in my fingers as I type this)! Whatever your year has been like up unto this point, it can all be brightened and/or recovered in this time of the year! It truly can.

No, I'm not writing a bunch of "preacher fluff" here. No, I'm not crazy or insane (at least I don't think that I am). It is really quite simple. You see, I have experienced a great gift in my life. Personally, and very intimately, God has changed my life by this gift. He gave me his one and only son, Jesus. The Bible tells me that because I have simply accepted His gift to me, I now am forgiven of my sin(s) (which I know are many), have been placed in Christ Jesus and given His righteousness (as though I have never sinned), have been filled with the Spirit (which guides, convicts, and comforts me), and have been given LIFE! Life abundantly! Life eternally!

This has changed everything! It has changed my perspective. It has changed my motivation. It has changed my direction. It has changed my ambition. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G has been changed! All because God gave!!!

Guess what? We can give too! Although we can't give in the exact way God gave, we can give like God gave! We can give out of sacrificial love:

* A smile to a passer-by.
* A helping hand to the elderly.
* A word of encouragement to the discouraged.
* A hands-up financially to the unemployed.
* A hug to the discouraged.
* A visit to the lonely.
* A gift of food to the hungry.
* A _____________. (You fill in the blank.)

You see, this is Christmas! Ah, Christmas is here! And, giving like God is what Christmas is all about!

God bless you this Christmas! May you experience the fullness of Christmas by giving like God!

Ah, Christmas is Here!

Ah, Christmas is here!
My heart doth now remember!

What gift of life is given and shared
in commemorate awe each December!

For God above looked down in love,
as His majestic gift He gave!

Ah, Christmas is here! Oh, heart rejoice!
His gift was given to save!