OPEN YOUR GIFT FOR CHRIST
by Kimberly Crews
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"Open Your Gift For Christ"
Christmas is a time of year for sharing the gift of giving with those we love by exchanging gifts. Everyone finds joy in opening gifts. Even if it's something we really don't need or want, for sincere and appreciative recipients, the thought of someone caring enough or thinking enough of us to give a gift usually makes us just as happy as receiving something we truly desire and need.
The word of God said that we, as humans, were created in God's own image, which leads me to believe that if we enjoy receiving gifts, so does the Father. I know you may be wondering what you can give to God because the Bible tells us that He has everything. He is the maker and creator of all people and all things; so, what do I have that can be of use to Him? When God created us, He created us for His will and His purpose? His will is that all of His children return home to reign with Him forever. What's the purpose of that? The purpose of that is unconditional love, undividing unity, undisturbed peace, and everlasting joy; and with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven is the only place we can receive and experience those things. So, now you may be wondering what can you give or do to fulfill His will and purpose. Everything that we have, God gave us, and all He asks is that we give it back as a gift or sacrifice to Him. Well, you may be one who feels that you have confessed Christ and accepted Him as your personal Savior, you pay your tithes and offerings, you go to church on a regular basis, and you pray daily. So, you have given your life, are giving your time and money. That's good, but God gave us much more than plain life, time and money. When God created us, He gave each of us desires and abilities to do a certain thing or things. These are called gifts or talents. Some people sing, dance, talk, write, and some are able to just listen. God wants those things back also.
If you would notice in the selected scripture, it says: "And when they were come into the house", which represents the church or wherever you may be; "they saw the young child with Mary his mother", which represents the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; "and fell down, and worshipped him", which represents them humbling themselves to His presence; "and when they opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts", which represents the gifts we have within us to give to God. To break it down, this simply means when you enter into the presence of God, wherever you may be: your home, church, on your job, on the streets, in the mall, humble yourself to acknowledge His presence and give Him a gift of praise through a song, dance, word, hand-wave, hand-clap, or something. Whatever your gift, make a choice to open it for Christ this year. If you have a voice, sing about the goodness of Jesus and to the glory of God. If you have a talent to dance, cut a rug in worship to God; just dance. The scripture didn't say that David did any particular dance; he just danced. If you can write, write stories, testimonies, sermons, poems, and songs for praise and worship to God and for His glory. If you are an emotional person and like to cry, cry whenever you think about how unworthy you are of His mercy and grace. If you can act, use that talent to put the scripture to action in skits and plays. If you can play an instrument, play to the glory of God. If you have a gift to grasp other's attention through talking, let your conversation be about God. If you have a gift of making others laugh, make it good clean comedy to make people happy in Christ. Whatever you can do, do it for God; that's how you give your gift back to Him. Make the wise choice and open up your gift for Christ this season.
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