Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Ultimate Gift

Two Thousand years ago the ultimate Christmas gift was given to the world – Jesus Christ. What affect is this gift having on your life?

The ultimate gift, Jesus, wasn’t wrapped in brilliant colors and displayed prominently in a place of honor for all to see. Rather, he came wrapped in rags and was placed in a feeding trough. But, he was still the ultimate gift. The world just didn’t know it yet. Of course history had been telling of this ultimate gift since the beginning of time, but it had problems recognizing it because the gift just didn’t look like what everyone had imagined. So, most of the world never opened the gift. Instead they threw it out and destroyed it. What is the ultimate gift? It is the ultimate demonstration of humility; the ultimate expression of mercy; the ultimate manifestation of love. It is God coming in the flesh.

“His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent— the appearance of God in human form” – Oswald Chambers.
Have you recognized and received this ultimate gift? Is Jesus your Christmas treasure? Has he changed your life? Do you daily honor him with your life? Just like Christ came into this world, he must also come into your life. When he does you will truly become a new creation and the evidence of this new life is that you will completely yield yourself to his will. People will know you have received the ultimate gift because you will be different. You will love instead of hate, encourage instead of criticize, give instead of take, obey instead of continuing in sin. Are you in the habit of showing Jesus off to your family, your friends, and the whole world? When men look at you do they see the ultimate gift (the light of the world) in you?

Remember, it is one thing to be given a gift and yet another thing to accept it, open it, display it, use it, and enjoy it forever.

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