For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son… John 3:16a
We’ve been doing it for weeks now: hunting down the perfect gifts for the people we love. When we wrapped them up, we imagined the joy they’d bring.
We claim to expect nothing in return. We try to give with no strings attached. But if we’re being honest, we’d realize we are expecting their gratitude. At the very least, we want a look of wonder on their faces to fill our hearts to the brim.
And so it is with God.
In her book, The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp says: “…the greatest gift we can give our great God is to let His love make us glad.” Imagine? God gives us life, all His love, and His Only Begotten Son, and all He expects back is for us to feel joy!
Now imagine a loved one shoving the gift we give them into a corner, unopened, or even worse, opening it in front of us, only to make some derogatory remark that our gift isn’t good enough. After we’ve spent time, money, and our heart searching it out, they crush our spirit with their response.
And so it is with God. We do the same when we don’t live life to the fullest, or we complain or fight against the life we’ve been given. It’s like shoving the gifts and talents He gave us into the deepest corner of ourselves, letting them go unopened and unused. It crushes His spirit.
Christmas is a time to recognize all that we’ve been given. God doesn’t just gift us His Son on Christmas morning. He gives us Jesus, and grace, every day of the year.
All He wants is for us to recognize and receive them with joy. That’s what gladdens His heart. That’s what completes the gift exchange with God.
Questions for Reflection:
*When I give gifts, do I want them to fill the receiver with joy?
*Am I joyful about what God gives to me?
God doesn’t just gift us His Son on Christmas morning. He gives us Jesus, and grace, every day of the year.Tweet
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