Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Here's one gift you won't have to wrap ...

One of the fastest ways to disappoint someone at Christmas is to give them a gift they need rather than a gift they want.

Just watch the face of a kid who tears into a brightly wrapped package only to discover ... new socks. Or the wife who opens a box to discover ... a new toaster. It's just not what they were hoping for!

That first Christmas long ago was the first Christmas gift exchange. God gave us something we needed, but also something we didn't deserve, and something we would have never dreamed of.

That's because He gave us Himself : Immanuel - God with us!

Some are disappointed in that gift. They don't want God, they want things.

None of us deserve the gift, it was a package of grace. "For God so loved the world that he gave ..." (John 3:16).

It certainly was a surprise. None us ever thought God would give us something so infinitely precious as the gift of Himself.

But He did.

Now, it's our turn in this gift exchange.

God doesn't want things. There's just one gift He wants from you ... you!

Have you completed your gift exchange with God by giving Him your entire life? If not, it's not too late. You can put a smile on God's face this Christmas by giving Him yourself. And you don't even have to wrap the gift!

Scotty

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