Sunday, December 11, 2011

December 11 (Matthew 2:11)

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.  (KJV)

What do you get a baby who has everything?  Shopping can be so difficult when you are trying to find the perfect gift for the King of kings!  The gifts of the magi were symbolic, and God continues to want this kind of gift.  He wants us to give in ways that symbolize and show our love for Him.

So what can you give Him for His birthday that fits this bill?  He has already given you whatever it is.  You see, He has given each of us certain gifts that He wants us to use in His service.  Are you an encourager or someone who can explain things clearly?  Do you have great gifts of patience or the ability to see needs?  Look past your resume and grade transcript for a moment.  What has God gifted you to do?

Pull back from the daily grind and consider where you could use the special gifts that God has given you to serve His people.  As you put those gifts to good use, you will be giving Him what He really wants, not just for Christmas, but for every day of your life.

Lord, what gifts have You given me?  Help me to see them clearly so that I may use them to Your glory.  In the name of Jesus, my Savior, Whose birth we all celebrate, amen.

Copyright © 2011 by Steven R. Perkins

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