Pastor's Corner: Are you giving Jesus a Christmas present?By DANIEL AUSBUN
First Baptist Church, Moreland
We are three days away from Christmas.
Christmas is all about giving. God gave His Son to be born in Bethlehem. Jesus gave His life on the cross. Even the wise men brought Jesus gifts (Matthew 2:11).
Notice the question the psalmist asked, “How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me? I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:12-13).
What do you give to a man who said, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). God is pleased with His Son. God said, “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!” Christ is self-sufficient, meaning He is not dependent on anything we do or give Him. God delights and is pleased with His Son – totally apart from you and I. The most important gift Jesus demands from us is glory and praise to His name (Romans 14:11). He wants His name to be proclaimed to all nations (Luke 24:47).
Christ wants to give you the gift of Himself.
He always wants to get the glory while we receive the benefits. God doesn’t need any benefits – He desires your praise and glory this Christmas. Glory comes to Him when we depend on Him rather than try to enrich Him.
If we come to Him with gifts – as though He needed something – then we put Him in the position of a needy person, and we’re the benefactors. He always wants to be the one who is infinitely self-sufficient. The only gifts we can bring Jesus are gifts of praise, thanks, longing and neediness.
If you’re going to give a gift to Jesus this Christmas, try thinking of something more than money, more than helping the poor and more than attending a Christmas Eve service. This Christmas, Christ wants you to become desperate and dependent upon Him. Here are four steps to become desperate for God:
First, you must trust Christ in everything. Hebrews 2:13 says, “Again, I will trust in Him.” Maybe you drifted from your former trust in Christ. If so, you need to declare this Christmas, “Again, I will trust in Him.”
He never leaves or forsakes you.
Second, you must come to Jesus this Christmas. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Everyone I know is anxious, busy and tired – Jesus is calling you to come to Him for rest.
Third, you must become desperate for Christ because He is worthy. Look at what is said of God’s throne in heaven, “You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things” (Revelation 4:11).
Can you imagine what “all things” includes? This Christmas Jesus is worthy of your time, your money, your health, your relationships, your worship and your life. Jesus is worthy means He’s worth all you give Him. Please don’t give God one hour a week, He’s worth more.
Fourth, you must become desperate for Christ this Christmas because He is great.
When the angel Gabriel told Mary about her soon-to-be pregnancy, He spoke about the child. Gabriel said, “He will be great” (Luke 1:32). Who else is great? God alone is great. This means Christ knows what is best, what He said was correct, and the life He lived sets an example for us. If you want to follow someone great, Jesus is the only one.
Quit trying to think of something to give or do for Jesus. This Christmas, become desperate for Christ. He longs for your trust, wants you to come to Him, He’s worthy of your worship – and is great.