As the Christmas season approaches, I cannot help but feel a mixture of excitement and hope, but also a sort of need to meet an expectation.

The expectation of giving a “good enough” gift that will make myself look good in the recipient’s eyes.

The expectation of giving gifts that are lavish, costly and perfectly thought out.

The expectation of giving a gift to someone simply because they have given me one.

The expectation of having everything wrapped up and put under the tree in an Instagram-worthy sort of way.

The expectation of being and doing everything just right.

But the truth is, those are expectations that the world has put on us. What even is the point of this holiday? Is it really just all about the hustle and bustle of giving the perfect gift?

No, my friend, it is far more than that.

It’s not to simply give gifts. It’s not to stuff our faces with our grandmother’s decadent Christmas ham. It’s not even to just be thankful for and cherish our families.

It’s to point us to our Savior—Jesus Christ—who was born of a virgin in the most humble of circumstances, and would grow up, living a perfect life and who would eventually die a criminal’s death on the cross, and raise to life three days later, gifting filthy sinners a FREE gift of salvation to all who repent of their sins and trust in Him for salvation.

Friends, this gift could never be repaid.

It could never be matched or earned.

This is a free gift that is offered to all of us, simply because the Giver, Jesus Christ, loves us.

That is simply it.

What a beautiful, irreplaceable gift that is.

So this Christmas, let that picture permeate through the way you think about giving this Christmas.

It is not about the size, quality, or quantity.

Give out of a love for the other person, just as Jesus gave of Himself out of love for us, His children. We don’t have to live up to the expectations that this world gives us, but let us live in light of the example our God gave for us—an example of undying, unending and undeserved love.

What a love to celebrate!

Abby Houston
[Ezer contributor]

Did you miss DAY TWO of our Christmas Devotionals? Click here to check it out.

Ezer Magazine Christmas Devotional


This morning, I want you to think about what expectations you have placed on yourself this Christmas. Whether they are to buy the perfect gift or to create the most Instagram worthy gifts, list them out and then remind yourself that there is a deeper meaning behind this season.


“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-10

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