A gift becomes a gift once it is given.
The thing, however, about gifts is that they are given with the hopes that they will then be received.
And, usually, a gift is given in brightly colored wrapping or placed gently and beautifully in a bag.
They are pretty. And enticing. And exciting.
Gifts. They usually are calling our name! We can’t hardly WAIT until that moment when we can take that beautiful wrapping and tear it apart! Or, if you are a wrapping paper saver, slowly and carefully start removing the tape and gently folding back the paper.
Or take that bag and peek inside, throwing tissue paper up haphazardly in the air so that you can get to the point where you can pull out the present. REVEALING the gift.
But that’s the thing…
Action has to be taken to get to the heart of the present. And that action is: You must receive the gift (accept it) and then open it. I don’t know anyone that keeps their Christmas presents under the tree all year long, just looking at them in their wrapping and saying, “My, what beautiful boxes under the tree.”
Heavens no! Christmas morn or the eve before, when it comes time, your family probably sits down together and you pass the gifts around, and you open them. And you proclaim how great the gifts are and how happy you are to receive them!
That’s how presents are done.
And that’s exactly what Jesus is. A beautiful gift.
But he was never meant to only be given and placed under the tree, just to sit there and wait.
He was meant to be given and received. Unwrapped and accepted.
And then proclaimed…
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (KJV)
For you this is what I pray.
That you accept this beautiful gift of Jesus. The perfect Christmas present. And share this good news of great joy!
Wesołych świąt i szczęśliwego nowego roku!
May your Christmas be filled with love and laughter and may God guide and protect you into the new year!