Christmas soon approaching, people have already started or are finished with
their Christmas shopping. The early birds find a need to beat the rushing mobs
of people, and cash in on those great savings while they last. Those who are
computer savvy have already ordered everything on line. They relish the ideal
of not being inconvenience by leaving their home and fighting through the
seemingly endless line at the check-out register.
either force ourselves to get into the Christmas spirit by December 23 or we
have all of our shopping done and decorations up by Thanksgiving Day or at
least the day after.
do we do this to ourselves every year? Is it’s because we feel obligated? People
give gifts during this special time for many reasons. Most of the time it’s
because its a family tradition, others give because it is expected of them and
some people give a gift simply because they want to. It
seems the older we get the smaller the tree and less is best, whether it’s less
gifts, money, decorations, or sending Christmas cards to a few special friends.
try to give a gift that the recipient would like or need. Hopefully it is both something
they want and need. Have you ever received a gift you didn’t want? Most of us
have. Most people would exchange it or rewrap it and give it to someone else. The
problem with my family is I can’t rewrap or give it to someone else.
year’s on my birthday I received a child’s used library book from my
granddaughter, a dis set for golfing and a puppy. I was afraid to return the
library book in, couldn’t imagine what the late fees would be over a couple of
years. I injured myself trying to play dis golfing nine months before the gift
and said to my husband then, I won’t play that again. He purchased the dis anyhow
for my birthday. When I reminded him I don’t play dis golfing he kindly said, he
would keep the gift he got me for himself, how convenient.
the puppy (Luna) was a gift on my birthday that my grandson plopped into my
lap. When I told him I didn’t want a puppy, take it back, He said it wasn’t my
gift it was his birthday gift which had passed two months earlier. I have found
out some gifts are not exchangeable or returnable.
3:16 says, For God
so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
John 3:16 says, God gave. God gave us a gift, His Son, Jesus
Christ as a sacrificial offering for our sins. It didn’t cost us anything, but
it cost Jesus His life. God the Father gave us a great and precious Gift, so that
we can inherit eternal salvation. Although some gifts may not be exchangeable
or returnable, many have rejected the gift of eternal life, salvation. While
others, don’t even bother to unwrap the gift to see what their inherited
Why did God give us His Son? John 3:16 says because he so
loved the World, meaning us, humanity. But wait there’s more. After we accept
Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we receive more gifts.
Jesus also gave us gifts. Ephesians 4:8-9 says, “Wherefore he saith, when
he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. When Jesus ascended into Heaven He gave gifts
Also the Holy Spirit also give us gifts for the Body
of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the
expectation of payment or return. So why all these gifts? The answer is because of covenant….to be continued