We do it every year. Gift giving is such a part of our Christmas tradition. We go through great lengths and great expense to purchase just the right gift for our loved one. Ladies venture into the unknown territory of the sporting goods department for their spouse. Husbands navigate the scary environment of ladies cologne or hand bags. We put bicycles together at midnight, hide presents at the neighbor’s house and check the internet for the hottest toys. All of this because we want to give to those we love.
Did you know that we are most like God when we are giving? The Bible tells us in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. Another verse tells us that we should be grateful for God’s gift of His Son. 2Cor. 9:15 says: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”! At Christmas we celebrate the greatest gift that history ever recorded. The gift was from God the Father and it is addressed to the whole world. This gift was motivated by pure love. God loved you and me so much that He gave the best He had, His only Son. The gift of God’s Son did not come wrapped in beautiful packaging with golden ribbons. He came to us nailed to a hideous cross that was covered with blood. As horrific as the sacrificial death of God’s Son was it was the only thing that could take care of man’s greatest problem: our sin. God is giving us a gift that is too wonderful for words.
Each year we place the gifts that we have purchase and wrapped for those we love under the tree. God’s Son comes to us not under a tree but hanging on the tree. In order for us to receive Him we must unwrap this precious gift by faith. Receiving, believing and accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior will be the greatest gift you have ever received.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation