Over 2,000 years ago, God presented the world with a gift: Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. In an act of faith and worship, three kings traveled from different parts of the world to bring gifts to Jesus and His Family.
Today, we celebrate Christmas by buying gifts for each other and making merriment with family and friends. As the season approaches each year, our attention turns to making our lists, checking for pre-Christmas bargains, and considering last-minute tax shelters. Unfortunately, Christmas, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” has become a tradition marked by gluttony, greed, and apathy.
What if we’ve gotten it all wrong? What if the true meaning of Christmas is to share with the world that which He has created us to be? What if the gifts we are to exchange at Christmas-time are the gifts God has given to us in order to establish His Kingdom on earth?
For, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)–
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
We are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10); each and every one of us who calls Jesus “Our Savior” possesses His power. In the season and Spirit of Christmas, the sincerest gift we could give is to manifest the fullness of God’s calling on our lives (Ephesians 4:1-6); share gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:6-8), and spread His love (John 15:11-12).
It is only when we Bless God by presenting to Him our whole selves – our talents, our resources, our bodies, minds, and souls – that His Kingdom can be established; then we, and in turn the world, are Blessed.