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?”
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.
Gift #5: Your Time
The most valuable thing you can give to anyone or anything is 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.
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.
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.
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.