Christmas Perspective

If you’re one of the few people in this country who haven’t been severely affected by the recession, and still has a few bucks to buy gifts for loved ones this Christmas, count your blessings. No one’s doing as well as they were before: modern-day financial difficulties are an unavoidable reality.

But, oddly enough, today’s difficulties may be providing us with a little perspective. I mean, seriously . . . we’re still getting things that we want, right? My wife got Coach glasses (on sale, duh!) and I got cologne (and it’s not from a gas station). Even a friend recently told me that she’s climbed out of debt. It’s possible, rare but possible.

In God’s eyes, though, would we ever be able to get out of spiritual, ethical debt? Could we ever be “rich” in His sight?  The Bible is clear on this point: the answer is no (Proverbs 20:9; Romans 3:10). So God gave us bankrupt, depraved people a gift . . . His Son. Paul calls Jesus an “inexpressible gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15), and this gives us a couple of principles to consider this Christmas, 2010.

First, don’t become selfish with the Gospel, because God’s not. You should share Jesus with others just the way God shared Him with you.

Second, give and give freely. Learn the principle that Paul borrowed from Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Third (borrowing from Emerson), give gifts that reflect you. Too often we give gifts that we pull off of a shelf. What ever happened to meaningful gifts? Poems? Letters? Handmade items? Or a homemade dinner for a friend? There are too many possibilities for us to spend our hard-earned money on useless items . . .

In the end, if we did get it all, and failed to connect with the Gospel, then we really lost everything (Matthew 16:26).

Merry Christmas, and thank God for His gift–Jesus!

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