Christian friends I greet you in the name of Jesus. No other name is greater than the name Jesus: our Lord and our Savior. This is the time we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is Christmas time: the time we give/receive gifts in a feeble attempt to prove love. The Bible says in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Now that is the ultimate Christmas gift. Salvation is a gift that keeps giving. The Christmas story should not conclude with the birth of Jesus. Just as the story of salvation continues with us, such should be the case with the Christmas story. We as Christians should follow the example that God set for us. John 3:16 reveals several acts we should emulate. We are to Love, Give, and do so for the betterment of others.
God so loved the world. God’s love motivated every good deed that He did. The pinnacle of doing a good deed far exceeds the completion of actions. No, our motives demand examination as well. When love motivates our actions, then we are more apt to complete the task, well able to repeat the task and more likely to find satisfaction in the task. The greatest gift that one can give is love. Love is a gift that does not require one to save up for a year. No matter how minute or expensive a gift is, the love that inspires it is the grandest aspect of the gift. God showed He was willing to sacrifice because of love. Our love should show that we want the Christmas story to continue with us.
God gave. Anyone that proclaims to love must give. Giving shows unselfishness. There are times when one gives and it makes the giver feel better than the receiver. Although it is enjoyable to receive, most parents can attest to this, it is special to experience someone enjoying what you have given to them. The Bible says God gave His son. The gift to the world was His display of love. He did not give it begrudgingly or despondently. Many of us have received a gift from someone that made it known that they did not want to give it to us. Was it difficult to enjoy the gift afterwards? Did it really feel like a gift? When God gave to us, His gift He expected and desired for us to appreciate it. We should give so that the Christmas story continues with us.
God gave to everyone. John says "whosoever." That indicates that it is for anyone who wants it. God did not setup salvation with the intent to exclude but rather to include. Jesus was calling us "friend" and dyeing for us while we were His enemy. When was the last time you did something wonderful for someone who declared themselves your enemy? God displayed a selfless act: To give His one and only. He added value to us. Can you give in such a manner that the Christmas story continues in you?
Until the next time, May the God of Glory keep you.
(Tyrone Sanders is a public speaker and minister. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)