17 Dec The Truth About Christmas
And when [the wise men] had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. — Matthew 2:11
Christmas is such a special time of year, it is one season that brings humanity together and speaks the language of love and giving.
Christmas is all about giving, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…” And for this reason we too have imbibed the culture of giving to family, friends and the less privileged around us.
The Bible notes the gifts the wise men brought, their gifts were very valuable: Frankincense and myrrh were both costly ingredients used in making incense and perfume. And gold was gold — valuable in its own right. But why did the wise men bring such valuable gifts? The answer is found in their own words:
Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we… have come to worship Him. — Matthew 2:2
Do you see why they brought valuable gifts — gifts fit for a king?
Their gift giving was an act of worship. They knew Jesus was more than just a king; He was a King come from God.
Gifts say a lot. They say something about us and they say something about how we esteem the recipients.
As you choose and give gifts this Christmas, let them speak of love, honor, worth, and sacrifice.
For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 2:21
Gift wrapping is an art. Some people create packages so beautiful that recipients hate to tear off the paper, but many of us are slightly embarrassed by our gift-wrapping skills.
As a person, how are you wrapped? John Ruskin quipped, “A person all wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.” If we’re others centered, we’ll be a blessing; but if we’re clothed in selfishness, we’ll be of limited value to others.
Writing to the Philippians, Paul said of Timothy,
I have nobody else with a genuine interest in your well-being. All the others seem to be wrapped up in their own affairs and do not really care for the business of Jesus Christ. But you know how Timothy has proved his worth, working with me for the Gospel like a son with his father. — Philippians 2:20–22 Phillips
When we’re wrapped up in our own affairs, it’s a sign we’re not as Spirit filled as we should be, and we’re not being the blessing we could be. Let’s not be like “all the others.” Let’s be Timothys — all wrapped up in Christ!
Teaching our children the value of giving, sharing, compassion and love as the essence of the season makes them look beyond themselves and to their community and how to make it a collective Merry Season for all.
This Christmas can be different than any other Christmas. This Christmas, instead of racing around checking off lists and wrapping presents in a frenzy, let’s go a little slower and be more thoughtful and full of love. Mummies, children church leaders, residential associations could team up and take the children to orphanages, less privileged communities, hospitals to show and share the love that God has so generously bestowed on us. This creates a lasting impression beyond words.
The world we live in needs more extensions of the heart, hands and legs of Jesus Christ our Lord, let’s rise up to the challenge and start something this season, together we can reach out and touch lives and make it a truly jolly holiday for everyone. This is what Christmas is all about…touching lives.