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What do you give to someone who has everything?

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God sent His Son, into this world to be born of a virgin, to live and die as a human and be the ultimate sacrifice, a gift from God.

Well, this is that time of year again. The time where religious debates abound with weizenheimers telling you that Jesus was born on this date or that date, anything but December 25th because that’s a pagan holiday. They are convinced that the birth would have occurred on this or that date, feast on the Jewish calendar (as if God were constrained to the Jewish calendar or any calendar for that matter) and even point at you and tell you that you’re going to Hell if you celebrate Christmas on December 25. They totally disregard Paul’s admonition that we aren’t to be caught up with dates, feasts etc. in Romans 14:5-8 . No one knows the date. The Magi didn’t document it. Herod assumed he took care of the problem. No one has found a Shepherds’ journal with the date written down. It could have been in the spring for all we know. I, personally, grew up, before atheists and commercialism took over, celebrating on December 25 and the warmth and regard of an entire nation pausing to give contemplation and recognition of the Savior of the world coming down in human form. But that was then.

j3:16 Now we have this group and that group trying (and effectively winning) to stop such public displays. Now we live in a time where any public worship, appreciation, display of the sacrifice that God made can be made illegal, punishable by fine, jail, or maybe at some time indefinite detainment. It’s already been shown that if you can show that you truly, truly believe in God you can be locked away in a mental health facility until that problem is “cured”. What times we live in, now, where you can be compelled to worship the creation instead of the Creator.  What’s the offense to these people celebrating a baby being born. If you don’t believe it happened, what’s the big deal? You’re smarter, more intelligent, so that should make you more compassionate and tolerant of the ignorant. Yet you make war on celebrating the birth. Such times we live in, and we were warned that they would come.

Monument to the Savior of the World in San Sal...

Monument to the Savior of the World in San Salvador and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janiero, both symbols of Christianity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, in these times, let’s remember what this season is, what it is for.With fiscal crisis, war and killing abounding, take this time, a time of gentleness and joy and remember that the temporal things are temporary, this won’t last forever. Jesus was born a baby, in humility. He gave up his riches and glory for wet and dirty diapers. He more than likely was laid in a manger made of nothing but sticks in a hollow in the wall, out in public, not the comfy stable we romanticize. He became human for a time to walk among us and experience humanity. And with that, no man can point his finger at God and exclaim, “well, you don’t know what it’s like.”. Yes He does, and more. He grew up to be a man and suffer the cruelest of cruelty, the cruelest of deaths and total abandonment. He came to us to free us from all that enslaves us to these things that are here today and gone tomorrow, and give us a gift of lasting value. Lest anyone forget.

So, in this season of gift giving, in this time of making someone special, how about a gift to God? A gift, for God? Isn’t He the King of a thousand hills? Isn’t he God the provider, not the taker? Is there anything that is worthy to give the King of Kings? What do you give to someone who has everything?

How about yourself? How about putting away all these “things” that distract, take you away? How about admitting to yourself that you are a sinner, repenting of it and accepting God’s free gift to you? In so doing you’ll be giving God the greatest Christmas present you could ever give, all that He ever wanted. By accepting His free gift, you give Him back, yourself. On this day, make God’s day, make my day, cause the angels to rejoice, give Him the gift of you.

Merry Christmas, and enjoy the reason for the season.

Dan

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Author: godsfingers

I'm a musician and worship leader, intent on following wherever God leads and directs me, with His leading's in the Spirit and others bonking me on the head ( hopefully not much of the latter). My life experiences are in blue collar and white collar (engineering) employment, political office, lay ministries, national competition in track and cross country and most importantly marriage and raising a family. God has given me a unique set of skills and character to serve Him and a passion for doing it.

5 thoughts on “What do you give to someone who has everything?

  1. Awesome message! Merry Christmas, Dan.

  2. I don`t think it is so much the date of His birth as the pagan symbolism wrapped up in the holiday since the days of Constantine. We as Christians keep waiting for the Jewish people to be jealous of our faith but it won`t happen as long as we accept what many of them recognise as pagan symbolism such as Christmas trees and their association to Jeremiah 10. Isn`t that the spirit of what Paul speaks of in Romans 14 as well as 1 Cor 8-10? If it is causing others to deny Messiah is Jesus then shouldn`t we be eager to give these things up for the sake of the weak? 1 Cor 8:11-13 “And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”

    • The problem I have with the head hunters is lack of originality on their part. Not unlike independently writing a song similar to a copyrighted work you’ve never heard. Or finding an identical to yourself though you’re not at all related. The Christmas tree, in it’s symbolism, has nothing to do with paganism. The antagonists of these witch hunts are so zeroed in, well, sometimes I’m not sure, that they rob the joy of some tradition that draws families together, something more valuable than walking around with a chip on one’s shoulder or an intent on winning an argument.

      To correct your thought, you may be waiting for the Jews to be jealous of your faith, but frankly, jealousy or envy gets you no where and they know that very well. Many western Jews have Christmas trees so you err in such an argument. We personally don’t have a tree here, Sue is allergic to pine scent. And, by the way, Paul did eat meat sacrificed to idols and, if you missed it, strongly rebuffed Peter for putting on airs for the Jews.

      We, who follow Christ, are already an offense to the Jews who are not operating in the reconciling Spirit of Christ. If you are proposing becoming more Jewish for their sake you find it is even more of an offense to them.

      There are pagan traditions to avoid and dispense of, but this push to remove that which God has used to, at least for a time, draw people closer to Jesus arrival, only serves to further alienate them, not protect them.

    • Hi there, I just want to share with you a video that explains very well the Jer 10:1-6 text and is always misinterpreted.
      In fact that scripture is not referring to Christmas trees.

      God bless you!

  3. Amen Dan, I love it! I also wrote a similar but slightly different post today. God bless you and your family and have a Merry Christmas.
    To us a child is born… Hallelujah!
    We already have the most precious gift ever!

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