The Perfect Gift is From Above

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    James 1:17 says, Every good and perfect give is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Christmas is a time of gift giving.  We give gifts to show the importance of someone in our lives.  I wonder if we have ever looked at what God did for us in the way of gifts.  Have we ever looked at the gift of the little baby born to a virgin and laid in a manger as an expression of how important we are to the Lord?

    Some people are going to have a hard time getting into the spirit of Christmas this season.  They will look for it in the lights, the tinsel, the music, and the festivities, but they will not find it there.  It’s not that they want to be a Scrooge, they just cannot seem to grasp and hold on to the magic and awe of what Christmas is all about.  They will give gifts and receive gifts, yet Christmas will still be somewhat empty to them inside.

    There is a passage in the Bible that can help with that feeling of emptiness.  In Matthew 2:9-11 it tells of the wise men that came from a far land following a star looking for the Christ Child, the king of the Jews.  They brought gifts with them to give to him when he was found.  The Bible tells us that when they came to the place where the star led them they found Jesus and their first reaction was to worship Him.

    Some people will miss Christmas because they are focused on the wrong things.  When the wise men came they had gifts to present; however, when they laid eyes on the Christ Child they did what is imperative to having the Christmas Spirit, they worshipped Him.   If we are going to have the Christmas Spirit we must worship the one that Christmas is all about.  They didn’t give their gifts until they laid themselves down before the Savior.

    Are you searching for the Christmas Spirit?  Perhaps you haven’t found it because you haven’t been focused on the real meaning of Christmas?  Make it a priority to put Christ first and remember the reason He came; it was for you!  Only then will you begin to understand what Christmas truly means and how God feels towards you. His love for you is the best gift ever. Make today count for His glory!

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