Sermon Recap

Your Gift for Jesus’ Birthday

Just a few more days until Jesus' birthday!

At the time of this blog, Christmas is a couple days away. Though we aren’t sure when our Savior was born, I’m happy that we slow down and take some time to recognize the birth of Jesus. Giving gifts to people is a representation of God’s gift to us, His only begotten Son. Have you ever stopped to think what Jesus might want for His birthday?

You might be asking, “What could I possibly give the God of the Universe for His birthday?” 

Well, I have a few suggestions you could get some inspiration from…

Gift #1: Your Life

Once while the offering plate was being passed around at a church, it came to a young boy. He asked for the plate to be set on the floor, then he stepped inside, saying, “Lord, I don’t have money, but I’ll give myself to you.

Don’t underestimate how special a willing vessel is to the Lord. Giving our lives to Him is one of the best things we can do. He’ll clean us and set us free. He’ll use us for His glory and touch souls through our lives. 

Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Gift #2: Your Love

Life is full of troubles and trials. Sometimes, it’s not the giant things that break a person, but it’s a hundred little things that wear them down over time. Sometimes, dealing with all that stuff, we become harder towards God.

God is looking for a tender heart. He has emotions and desires. He wants someone to talk to Him and ask Him for guidance. He loves to hear our voices and meet our needs. God longs to be loved.

God wants to have a relationship with His people.

John 21:17 – “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Gift #3: Your Praise and Worship

Psalm 150:6 – “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Revelation 5:13-14 – “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”

If they are crying in Heaven, blessing the Lord and worshiping Him. We can still praise and worship Him here.

Gift #4: Falling Back in Love with Your Bible

You need a dose of the Word of God every day. You need it more than coffee and breakfast. Don’t neglect God’s Word. If you want to honor the Lord, honor His Word. He has invested so much into the Bible, His Book, and if you want to please Him, I’m sure it would make His birthday that much better if you picked it up.

There’s people in the world who would get persecuted for having a Bible. Yet, so many homes in America have multiple Bibles sitting on a shelf collecting dust. May we remember the Word of God and its importance this season and every season after!
 
God’s Word will lead you and guide you. It will fight for you and give you peace! Why not pick up your Bible today and make a new commitment to the Lord (if you haven’t already) and start reading every day this coming year?

Gift #5: Your Time

The most valuable thing you can give to anyone or anything is your time.

John 15:13 – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
 
How do you lay your life down for a friend? When you’re busy, but there’s someone that needs you, you drop everything and go help them. Laying down your life can represent you setting aside what you want and walking into someone else’s life to give them your time.

Gift #6: Your Tithe

You have a pizza and that pizza represents your income. If you cut that pizza into ten slices, your tithe would be one of those slices. That one slice would go to God.

Malachi 3:8-11 – “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Now, God doesn’t put a curse on you, but if you withhold things from Him, He has no choice but to allow you to do so. When a person has withheld tithes, they aren’t robbing God of money. When we push God away, the curse of the world rests upon us. We are robbing Him of being able to protect us and bless us. We have robbed Him of opportunities to provide and make a way for us.

It is not the will of God for you to barely survive, but it’s His will that you have life and have it more abundantly.

Gift #7: Your Visit

Calls and texts are so precious. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the messages I’ve received this year from people encouraging me and lifting me up in prayer. 

Now, you can’t physically go where God is right now, but you can find someone this holiday season that feels as though the world has forgotten them.

The devil will attack people when they are alone, but you can walk into their life and kick the devil in the face. Be someone to hold their hands up. Touch their life. Give them your time and help them in their season of loneliness. A 30 minute visit can change someone’s life.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this message. If you would like to hear the sermon this post was based on, then click the video below. I pray you are blessed in this holiday season and may God keep you through another amazing year!
 
Pastor Anthony Wynn
 

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