I am blessed to have the privilege of working for a wonderful, world-reaching Christian organization. Every morning our department faithfully meets for a short time of prayer and intercession before we start our work day.
One particular morning in December, a precious lady who had just starting working with us, posed a rather interesting question to the group. She asked us, “What gift would you give to Jesus this Christmas if you had the opportunity?”
A noticeable silence fell in the room. We all stood there pondering, each one deep in their own thoughts. As I walked away with coffee cup in hand, making my way down the hall to my office, I could feel my eyebrows begin to furl together (what usually happens) whenever I feel “stumped” over something.
I thought to myself, “You know what? I should know this!” In fact, I should not only know this, but I should be able to give an immediate answer and not have to “think hard” about it.
Right away, I started realizing that most all of my “Christmas’s past” had pretty much consisted of giving and receiving gifts from family, friends, and loved ones. But no package was ever laid under the tree for Jesus, the VERY ONE for whom all this Christmas celebration was about.
So I quieted my heart and began to think about what it was that I could give to the Lord this holiday season.
A number of things ran through my mind, things like, better obedience to his commands, spending more time in my daily devotions, giving over and above in my financial offerings. But then I began to hear the words of a forgotten scripture softly speaking deep within my spirit.
We love him, because he first loved us. (1John 4:19)
HE FIRST LOVED US. Wow.
Even before the foundations of the earth were ever created, we were in His mind, and on his heart. We were his…“first love.”
It was at that precise moment that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what it was that I would give to the King. I would give him my “first love.” I would “return” his love, by making him my “First” love.
It is the least thing I could do, because “He truly is” the one gift… that keeps on giving.