Author: Esther Agbi
In the month of December, diverse things come into the minds of people.
The diversity depends on so many factors like age, gender, religious beliefs, social status, educational status and so on. In all of these, there is still a common link which is Christmas. There is an on-ending debate going on right now as to how the greetings would go. Is it Merry Christmas? Some people say they are Jews, so it’s happy Hanukah! Others are Atheists and they say, let’s just call it Holidays.
As people say, which I also agree with, Jesus is the reason for the season! Everything should revolve around Christ, but these days, we find out that Christ has been taken out of Christmas. How sad this sounds.
Many people are thinking of Christmas lights, end of year fireworks, wrapping sheets, chocolates, buying and selling, rounding up of business accounts, Medical field-stressors, Boxing Day discounts, deadline of purchases and even “end of the world” just to mention a few. Yours truly is included in some of these thoughts.
As there are diversities of thoughts at this time of the year, so there are diversities of gifts. The gifts differ depending on the giver and the receiver. I heard recently from a radio station that a teenager donated an organ. I believe he/she should be one of the youngest living donors. What a great sacrifice!
Gifts vary from computers, cars, education fees, remodeling of homes to inheritances. (Prov. 13:22a, a good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.)
Gifts do not have to be so expensive or so cheap! It is not the amount but the thought that went into such giving. The everyday Joe could give a cup of coffee, gift certificates for groceries, baseball or plane tickets. The list goes on and on.
Some gifts like chocolates are temporary while others like inheritance are long lasting. What gift do you expect from a toddler who is 2 years old? He may give you a smile, or ‘high five’ or his cookies, which he may take back from you after about 30 seconds. Toddlers are so sweet.
This brings us to longer lasting gifts. The gift of life and the power to get wealth. (Deut 8:18).
There could be giving without love (1corinthians 13:3) but there is no love without giving.
God loved the world and gave the greatest gift of all- His son, whom we are celebrating his birth at Christmas (Jn 3:16. For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life)
God has a gift for you and for me. The gift of salvation and the gift of life.
Jesus says (Jn 14:6, I am the way and the truth and the LIFE…)
Deut. 30:19b, God admonishes us to choose life.
Are you willing to accept this precious gift?
God bless you as you celebrate with others this Christmas period.
Have Christ in your Christmas!