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WHAT CAN YOU GIVE JESUS FOR CHRISTMAS?
CHRISTMAS TIME IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN GIFT GIVING DOMINATES OUR THINKING.
IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, WE THINK AND PLAN TO AT LEAST TRY TO MATCH THE GIFT WITH THE PERSON WE ARE THINKING OF.
AS WE ALL KNOW THERE IS USUALLY THAT ONE OR TWO PERSONS THAT ARE SO HARD TO BUY FOR, THEY SEEM TO HAVE EVERYTHING, AND WE ARE OFTEN AT A LOSS AS TO WHAT TO GET THEM.
WELL, I SUPPOSE THE LORD WOULD FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY, AFTER ALL, THE BIBLE SAYS ALL THE GOLD ALL THE SILVER ARE HIS.
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT OUR FATHER OWNS THE CATTLE OF A THOUSAND HILLS. AND IF HE IS THE CREATOR AND SUSTAINER OF THIS ENTIRE UNIVERSE, WHAT COULD WE, LITTLE US, POSSIBLY GIVE TO THE LORD JESUS AS A PRESENT.
PS 116 COULD VERY WELL BE CALLED THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST FOR THE LORD.
IT COULD BE CALLED GOD'S WISH BOOK.
WHILE THERE IS really NOTHING THAT LINKS-IT WITH THE CHRISTMAS STORY, IT GIVES US A GOOD CLEAR PICTURE OF WHAT THE LORD WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE FROM ALL OF US, NOT JUST AT CHRISTMAS, BUT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR.
FIRST OF ALL, THE PSALMIST ASKS THE QUESTION, WHAT SHALL I RENDER UNTO THE LORD FOR ALL HIS BENEFITS TOWARDS ME?
QUICKLY, LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE BENEFITS, SO WE CAN GET A BETTER PICTURE OF THE GIFTS THAT WE MIGHT CONSIDER GIVING HIM.
A. IN V-2 HE HAS AN INCLINED EAR UNTO ME.
LIKE AN ANXIOUSLY INTERESTED FATHER, HE BENDS HIS HEAD TO LISTEN TO OUR PRAYERS.
WHAT A PRECIOUS PRIVILEGE TO HAVE THE UNDERSTANDING, WISE, LISTENING EAR OF GOD.
B. V-3 WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM DEATH. WE HAVE THIS VICTORY THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST 1 COR. 15:55-57 ROM 6:23.
C.. V-7 WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BOUNTIFUL TREATMENT.
OUR NEEDS ARE SUPPLIED OUT OF HIS RICHES.
D.V-16 WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE.
THE BONDS OF SIN, DOUBT, FEAR HAVE BEEN SNAPPED. WE HAVE THE LIBERTY TO SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS.
THAT'S A QUICK LOOK AT JUST A FEW OF THE BENEFITS...SO WITH THOSE IN MIND WHAT KINDS OF GIFTS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR JESUS?
1.V-1 HOW ABOUT GIVING JESUS YOUR LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS?
THE BIBLE SAYS WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.
WE DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT JESUS NOT LIKING THE GIFT OF LOVE BECAUSE THE HOLY SPIRIT, TELLS US THAT THE GREATEST GIFT IS THE GIFT OF LOVE. 1 COR 13.
2. HOW ABOUT JUST KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH JESUS ON A REGULAR BASIS? V-2.
3. HOW ABOUT GIVING JESUS WORSHIP, PRAISE, AS WELL AS PRAYER. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ISN'T TO POPULAR WITH MAN. But just wait until you get into a tight spot or a deep need and you can't spend enough time on your knees.
4. HOW ABOUT GIVING JESUS YOUR REST. V-7.
SOUNDS SILLY DOESN'T IT. PERHAPS A BETTER WAY OF SAYING IT WOULD BE, HOW ABOUT JUST PUTTING YOUR CONFIDENCE IN JESUS TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THINGS. THINK ABOUT IT, WHEN YOU PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN JESUS, YOU ARE GIVING UP ALL WORRY.
5.HOW ABOUt taking a walk with Jesus every day? v-9
JUST THINK OF HOW GREAT WE WOULD FEEL IF WE WOULD START AND FINISH EVERYDAY WALKING WITH JESUS.
6. HOW ABOUT SPEAKING UP FOR JESUS. V-10
YOU SEE WHEN YOU SPEAK, WITNESS, OR TESTIFY FOR JESUS, YOU ARE IN SOME POWERFUL COMPANY BECAUSE THAT IS THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. And He will be with you to guide you. To help you witness and give glory to Jesus as you share the gospel with those who are lost.
7. HOW ABOUT LETTING JESUS BLESS YOU.V-13
YOU SEE UNLIKE MAN, WE RENDER HONOR TO THE LORD THE MORE WE TAKE OR RECEIVE FROM HIM.
THE LORD WANTS TO GIVE US EVERY GOOD THING. BUT OFTEN PRIDE OR DISOBEDIENCE STOPS THE FLOW OF HIS BLESSINGS.
ONE LAST THOUGHT FOR A POSSIBLE GIFT FOR JESUS THIS YEAR. V-17-18.
HOW ABOUT DOING WHAT WE SAY WE WILL DO FOR THE LORD.
WE COULD PAY OUR VOWS,
OFFER OUR SERVICE IN HIS NAME,
OFFER OUR THANKFULNESS.
WHILE THese MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A VERY COSTLY ITEMs, IT IS WELL PLEASING TO THE LORD.
THESE ARE JUST A FEW SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO GIVE JESUS FOR CHRISTMAS.
SOMEONE HAS SAID THE GREATNESS OF A MAN IS SHOWN BY THE SIMPLICITY OF HIS WISDOM.
NONE OF THESE GIFTS WILL BANKRUPT YOU, they are all simple and most of them can be so rewarding to give. IN FACT, THESE ARE GIFTS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO MAKE CHRIST HAPPY, AND YOU A MUCH MORE FAITHFUL PERSON.
THESE INEXPENSIVE BUT WELL CHOSEN GIFTS WILL SHOW you your INSIGHT, LOVE, TRUST, AND OBEDIENCE TO JESUS.
REMEMBER, JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON. CHRISTMAS SHOULD NOT ONLY INCLUDE JESUS, BUT IT SHOULD ALSO START WITH HIM FIRST, PLEASING HIM FIRST.