When I was little I used to put a lot of thought into my Christmas lists, much like many of you probably did. My mom would make an activity of it, having us write down what we wanted, and then sending the letters in the mail to Santa.
As I got older, the list got shorter, but the items became more expensive. What was once filled with toys and random movies, was quickly filled with things like a pair of UGGs, a North Face jacket, or a new iPhone once I got to high school. As I got older and moved into my own apartment after college, I did the unspeakable.
After years of not understanding why people asked for household items for Christmas, and frankly making fun of adults for it, I asked for a multipurpose blender.
As I’ve gotten older, my needs or wants have changed. I outgrow presents or styles, or things just get old. But there is one gift I was given even before I was born that I will never outgrow.
Each year, my parents buy my siblings and I presents that we both asked for, and didn’t ask for, but what we might need. Much like the gifts I have received from my parents over the years, the ultimate gift we have received is also something that we don’t deserve but was given to us so freely.
The gift of Jesus Christ. He came to us in a manager, in swaddling clothes, born to a virgin.
Even as I grow older, mature, and ultimately change, the gift of Jesus will never be something I don’t need.
Although we outgrow various Christmas presents like iPhones, shoes, and styles, we will never outgrow the gift of Jesus.
While looking forward to this season of giving and celebration, remember that Christmas isn’t about the gifts that we are to be given, but about the gift that we were given over 2,000 years ago.
The gift that brings us peace.
The gift that brings us hope.
The gift that brings us love.
The gift that brings us joy.
The gift that brings us patience.
The gift that brings us kindness.
2,000 years ago we received a gift before we were even conceived. But because we were a thought in the mind of our holy & blameless God, He sent his son in the form of a baby boy, who would eventually pay the ultimate price in order for us to live with Him for eternity.
This Christmas season I want to challenge you to keep Jesus at the forefront and by beginning each day by answering the prompt at the end of each Ezer email. We hope that by doing this, you will start your day, alongside us, in gratitude for the ultimate gift we were given.
With you always,
TODAY’S PROMPT —
This morning, why are you thankful for the gift of Jesus Christ? List 3 reasons.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV