Don’t get so wrapped up this Christmas season

Published 11:12am Saturday, December 14, 2013

When I was in the first grade, I could have sung, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” because I really wanted them.

At Christmastime, children often put their wish list on paper. It’s usually the most popular toys of the holiday season. Sometimes they write a letter to Mr. Claus, asking for a few of their favorite things.

A department store once used a child’s letter in their holiday shopping ads. It read, “Dear Santa, I want it all.” That takes care of the decision about what to buy!

With Christmas almost here, where’s the best place to find it all? You won’t find it in just any holiday gift catalog. Yet, it could be on a shelf nearby, maybe as near as your own home.

In the timeless pages of the Holy Scriptures, we find what “having it all” really means.  The Bible tells us about everything we could ever want or need. It even says every good and perfect gift comes from God.

During this Christmas season, do you find yourself grieving and seeking solace? He’s the God of all comfort. His peace passes all understanding. God is able to make all grace abound to you.

Are you facing what seems impossible? Remember all things work together for good for those who love the Lord.  With God, all things are possible. “God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19).

Feeling shame because your past? If anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation, the old is gone, all things are new. He forgives and cleanses from all sin. God, who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

Confused? Need guidance? He will guide you into all truth. Tired or weak?  You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. He can do abundantly above all we can ask or think. He’s the Lord of all. Maybe that’s why He’s called the Almighty.

If there’s anything we can learn from the current economic downturn, it’s that when it gets right down to it, the most important thing is our personal relationship with the Lord. And when we realize He’s all we really can rely on, then we realize He’s all we need.

There’s a song that says it best. “Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You can have all this world. Just give me Jesus.” Let’s put Him at the top of our Christmas lists this year.  He’s the greatest gift mankind has ever been given.

Christmas is all about Jesus Christ the Lord.  Recently, I read this statement, “Don’t get so wrapped up in what the world has to sell that you miss what God has to give.” As someone once said, “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell Him you have received His Christmas gift.”

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