Watch us Live Now

The Gifts That Wait

In this Christmas season, I realized how different this Christmas will be. There’s no question that the pandemic will impact our plans. We probably won’t travel for family gatherings; there may not be those shopping frenzies; there may not be candlelight services on Christmas Eve; and there may not be caroling and all those Christmas parties. What we will have is an amazing opportunity to get back in touch with Jesus and celebrate Him without all of our extra add ons.

Perhaps we will have the time now to slow down and really think about the reason for the season: Jesus. He has been lost in our rushing and hustle and bustle as Christmas has turned into worldly traditions and the most stressful time of the year. Without all that fanfare, we can remember how wonderful He is and be thankful for the meaning of His birth.

As we contemplate the true meaning of Christmas this year, remember that God gave us two of the greatest gifts we could ever have: the birth of Jesus and the gift of salvation. These are everlasting, perfect gifts that came with everlasting promises. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus we are also celebrating what He did for us–He gave us a chance to be reborn.

James 1:17-18 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.”

Today, as you think about what Christmas means to you, consider this. If it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus, you wouldn’t know how to have an intimate relationship with the Lord. It is through Jesus that we have been reconciled to God. If it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus, you wouldn’t have the opportunity to be saved and your sins forgiven and forgotten forever. If it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus, you wouldn’t have the Holy Spirit to guide you until He returns.

If it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus, you wouldn’t have a Savior who waits each day to meet with you and shower His mercy and grace over your life. Take a moment to meet with Him and let Him know what a gift He is in your life. There’s a song called, “You Waited.” Jesus not only came to earth to bring salvation, He waits for us for as long as it takes to come to Him. That’s a gift and a hope worth celebrating.  

“You came out of your way. You sat down to speak to me; what amazing grace that You've shown so patiently. And You waited for me, just for me.
You called out my name, knew my past, covered my shame. This amazing grace You’ve shown so patiently. And you waited for me, just for me.
Where would I be if You left me, God? Where would I be if You let me go? But You waited.”

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess...Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14, 16

Prayer

Lord,

I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; Your greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty—and I will meditate on Your wonderful works. They tell of the power of Your awesome works—and I will proclaim Your great deeds. They celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. You are good to all; You have compassion on all You have made. All Your works praise You, Lord; Your faithful people extol You. They tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all people may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations. You are trustworthy in all You promises and faithful in all You do. You uphold all who fall and lift up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. You are righteous in all Your ways and faithful in all You do. You are near to all who call on You, to all who call on You in truth. You fulfill the desires of those who fear You; You hear their cry and save them. You watch over all who love You, but all the wicked You will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of You, my King. Let every creature praise Your holy name for ever and ever. AMEN!

Sing to Your Savior
Because of Who You Are


Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

Google Doc

Related Posts

No Comments


Recent

Archive

Categories

Tags

12 Days of Christmas 2020 Abide Actions Addicted Addictions Addiction Advent Advocate Affliction Afraid Again Alone Altar Amazing Peace Anger Anticipation Ants Anxiety Anxious Armor of God Armor Atmosphere Attitude Audacious Authority Be Ready Be still Beauty Bitterness Blessed Blessings Blessing Boldness Bold Breakthrough Breathe Breathtaking Brokenness Brother Caring Celebrate Celebration Changes Change Chaos Choice Christmas Card Christmas Circumstances Clarity Come Comfort Zone Comfort Commit Communion Compassionate Compassion Complaining Confidence Confused Confusion Control Courageous Courage Creation Creator Crisis Dance Debt Deception Defend Delight Deliverance Delivers Depression Desire Despair Desperate Determination Determined Diligent Direction Disappointment Disbelief Discouragement Dislike Distrust Divorce Doubts Doubt Dreams Dream Drepressed Elisha Encouraged Evangelism Excuses Expectation Faith in action Faithfulness Faithful Faith Father Fatigue Fear Financial Deficit Financial Problems Fire Firm Flame Focus Forgiveness Forgiven Forgive Freedom Friends Friend Frustration Future Generosity Gentleness Gift Giving Glorify Glory Goal God Speaks God's Favor God's Timing God\'s Timing God Good Shepherd Goodness Gospel Go Grace Gracious Grateful Gratitude Great Conjunction Greatest Story Greed Guide Hallelujah Hard times Hardships Harvest Hatred Healed Healing Heals Heal Heart Help Hidden Holiness Holy Spirit Hopeless Hope Hoplessness Humbled Humble Ill-will Illness Impatient Information Insecurity Integrity Intercede Intercessor Intervention Isolation Issues Jesus Joshua Journey Joyful Joy Kindness Kind Kingdom Leap Leftovers Light Limitless Listen Loneliness Lonely Lord's Prayer Lord\'s Prayer Lord Loss Lost Love Loyal Majesty Malaise Malice Manger Mary Mental Health Mercy Messiah Miracles Miracle Miraculous Mission Neighbor New Year Obedience Opressed Outpouring Overcome Overwhelmed Pain Pandemic Passion Patience Patient Peace On Earth Peacekeepers Peace Persecuted Persecution Perseverance Persevere Peter Plans Politics Positive Experience Power Authority Power of Prayer Power Praise Prayer Warriors Prayer Pray Prepare Presence Pride Problems Promise Protection Protect Provider Provision Purity Purposeful Purpose Racial Tension Rain Reason For The Season Reconnect Redeemed Redeems Redeem Refresh Refuge Rejection Rejoice Rekindle Relationships Relief Repentance Resolutely Resolutuon Restoration Restored Restores Restore Rest Resue Resurrection Revival Revive Sacrifice Sad Salvation Saves Savior Scarcity Scar Seasons Season Security Self-Control Self-love Sheep Shepherd Sickness Social Media Sorrow Soul Spiritual Health Spiritual Warfare Spirit Spoiling Stand Firm Steadfast Strength Stress Strongholds Struggles Struggle Suffering Sufficient Sword of The Spirit Tears Testify Thankful Thanksgiving Thanks The Father Thoughts Time Tired Tongue Traditions Tradition Tranquility Transformation Transform Trials Troubled Times Trouble Trust Truthful Truth Two-Edged Sword Unconditional Love Unforgiveness Unity Unquenchable Unrest Unwanted Unwavering Victorious Victory Waiting Wait Way Maker Wisdom Wise Word Worries Worry Worship Worthy Yada Zone

Get The App

Stay connected and get the latest content.

Download The App