When The Presents Are Forgotten, Remember God’s Gift
Posted Jan 15 2013 10:00am
“. . . The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
It often can seem that there is such a big build-up to Christmas each year; so much to do and so many things on; presents to be brought and wrapped; family to visit; food to prepare.
Then, often just the day afterwards, it all seems to be over. There may be left-over food, presents to be put away, but in time we just move on into a new year and all that entails.
This Christmas at our church our services had a theme of “celebrating the greatest gift.” Everyone who attended our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services was given a small red box with a ribbon on top of it. Inside was a note which quoted the scripture verse John 1:14 on it, but also said:
“God’s present of Jesus . .
. . . God’s presence of Jesus”
I thought it was a great idea and taking home the gift was a tangible reminder.
Sometimes the focus of Christmas can seem to be on the presents–giving and receiving–both of which can be good things, but we can also tend to let this overshadow the greatest gift we’ve been given–that of Jesus Christ.
Once the bustle of Christmas is over, the presents can all be put away–maybe read, eaten, worn, used, or even broken in time. They will never be new again.
But the gift of God’s presence will never lose its newness. It will never fade away, or wear out and it can still be just as transforming and intense as it was the first time we became aware of the difference it made in our lives. It’s also the gift of eternal life for those who believe, as Paul reminds us in the above verse.
We may celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas–God’s present of Jesus to us, but God’s presence of Jesus is the gift we can celebrate every day.
When the presents are all gone one gift will remain with us–God’s greatest gift.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your son to earth that first Christmas, but we thank You that You have given us Your presence in our lives, every day. May that encourage us as we enter a New Year with You, that we don’t face it alone and that we have the hope of a future to be spent with You. Amen.
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel if she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
When the presents are all gone what can you take from this Christmas to encourage you as you enter a new year?
As we enter this new year, remember what present you were given that is truly eternal. By July when you are hurting those gifts you received in December may not even be remembered, but God’s gift of Jesus will get you through. This is Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing “For All The World.”