What did you get for Christmas?
That’s how so many conversations start after that special day of celebration, especially with children. It’s nice to give gifts, and let’s be honest, nice to get them.
After Christmas, though, we get to a point where we have to figure out where these new additions to our home will fit. The tree comes down, the decorations are packed away, the presents get integrated into the rest of our belongings, and we get on with our lives.
But wait! The greatest gift was never intended to be put away in storage, laid aside, or worse, “re-gifted”! God gave us, above all, Himself. Wrapped in the Baby Jesus, God sent His Son, His representative, not just to bring us good news, but to be good news for us.
I hope that, among all the gifts you received this Christmas, you had the chance to lay hold of the treasure that is God’s wonderfully personal gift to you — His presence which goes with you always. Even if you missed Him in the bustle and busyness, it’s not too late to receive His gift, even today. Just ask God to send the gift of Jesus to you, in a way you can experience and understand. Feel free to ask another Christian for help, if you need it. It’s available.
So, as you pack up your things, putting some in the sock drawer, on others on the wall, think about what you will do with Jesus. How can you remind yourself each day that this Gift is meant to be an active part of your every day life? Take a moment right now to think of a way to enjoy the gift of Jesus each day throughout 2014. Maybe it’s putting the Bible on your nightstand, open to the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John – where the stories of Jesus are recorded), somewhere you’ll see it and read it, even for a few minutes each day. Maybe it’s using a daily reading guide or book, like “Our Daily Bread” (available free from our church). Or you could put a “bookmark” in your new tech gadget for our media page, and read Bible Gateway’s verse of the day here: http://easternpassagebaptist.ca/media/
A journal or notebook to write down things you are thankful for, and things you are praying for, can also be helpful, as you live your life with a new awareness of the presence of Jesus with you all the time. Planning to be a part of worship services with your local Church would be a great help too! Just as it’s nice to have travelling companions on a trip, it’s good to have other followers of Jesus with you on life’s path. Together, let’s remind ourselves and each other that Jesus has come, not just for Christmas, but for always. And let’s not put his “present” away, but remember that His presence is with us always.