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Giving Me to Him


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Darren remembers accompanying his father out shopping in the toy department of

Hamleys one  Christmas Eve.

Dad said, ‘What a marvellous train set. I’ll buy it.’

The girl behind the counter looked pleased and murmured, ‘Great, I’m sure your son will really love it.’

Dad replied with a glint in his eye, ‘Maybe you’re right. In that case I’ll take two.’

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It’s Christmas and the focus is on giving.  Doesn’t matter if you’re a follower of the Christ child or not…watch the commercials.  Many of them even have the phrase that pays, “It’s better to give than to receive!”  In our world and culture, for the most part, the value of the gift is the price that was paid.  By price I strictly mean dollars and cents.  Another way that gifts are valued is if it’s what the receiver specifically asked for.  Many kids will be handed elegantly wrapped expensive gifts that will be tossed aside as they continue to look for that one thing they circled and highlighted in three colors on their list to Santa.  It won’t matter that someone worked extra hours for that gift, it wasn’t what they wanted.  And gosh darnit, the TV announcer even said, “It’s what they really want this year.”  We place a lot of value on ‘wants’ and ‘price’ don’t we?  Gifts that come from the heart…well, they are uncommon, rare, and even unusual in our fast paced ‘keep up with the Jones’ world.

 

So what gift goes above and beyond?  What gift can’t be out valued or undercut?  Is there such a thing as a gift that is so personal that no money can be stacked against it?  Is there a gift that doesn’t just say “Merry Christmas” in a season but says “God loves you” everyday through the year?  What could a gift like that look like?  Simple answer.  It’s you.  It’s me.

 

I know what you’re thinking…sounds like a Hallmark Card.  I know it does…but it’s the truth.  We’ve talked in the past two weeks about sacrifice and service.  Both of these items are about giving.  Sacrifice is when we give beyond what is average.  Service is when we know we have something, like talent or time or energy or something tangible, that would be of use to someone else…and we serve with that thing.  Both are out of our very own lives.  And when done in the name of Christ and for His glory and purpose, we give Him us.

 

What’s it take to live a life that is given to Christ?  The first thing it takes is believing that He first gave all of Himself to us.  The Creator (John 1:1-3) came as a baby (Merry Christmas!) and put on flesh like we our own to walk with us and be an example for us.  That baby grew to be a man who would ultimately sacrifice this earthly life we’re familiar with so that we could be with Him again in Heaven.  Jesus simply asks us to do the same for those around us.  If we give to Him like He’s given to us, we will do the things we have record of Him doing.  We will love others through our actions and words and ideas and strengths.  Our sacrifice and service will be evidence of our choice to lay our lives in His hands…as a gift to Him.

 

So what’s that look like for you?  What’s that look like daily for you?  Do people around you see that you’ve given your life to Jesus?  Do your choices, words, and expressions mirror the relationship with Jesus you claim?  When we give our life to Christ, we’re saying to Him that we trust Him with it…and however he wants to use it, we’re game.  Many compartmentalize our faith in Christ …me too… so that our Christianity is only part of our full life.  For example, I’m a husband, a dad, helper with Cross Country, house owner, and church service attendee.  From His point of view, our relationship with Him is everything…everything we do, think and say grows out of us giving Him everything we are.

 

Think about how you life can be a gift, each and every day, with whomever crosses your path.  Trust that He directs your ways and gives you opportunities to share yourself…the self that you gave to Him.  Trust that whatever is asked to be sacrificed or given in service will be supplied to you.  You know that smile you see when I child receives a gift so special they can’t help but show their pearly whites?  That’s what you’ll see on God’s face.  : – )

 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

ed

 

 

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