No doubt like me you will be spending time during the run-up to Christmas selecting gifts for people you love. Perhaps you will do this from the comfort of your home as you go online to place your order. Or you might prefer the hustle and bustle of traipsing round a shopping centre, visiting shops, enjoying the decorations and allowing the piped music to get you in the Christmas spirit. However the real pleasure comes from sitting down together on Christmas Day and seeing each person express their pleasure and delight as they open their lovingly wrapped gift.
Sometimes someone is unable to be with us on Christmas Day and so a lone present sits under the tree looking lost and forlorn until we have chance to catch up with them a few days later. Imagine however the pain and disappointment you would feel if after all the effort of choosing a present you think will be well received the recipient mutters a hollow thank you and then puts it to one side unopened. “Are you going to open it?” you ask and they reply “Maybe later”. At the very least you would consider this kind of response rude and you might question the very foundation of you relationship that they could be so careless about your expression of love towards them.
Sadly in the busyness of the Christmas season, the greatest gift of all often gets sidelined and forgotten. The real meaning of Christmas is that God offers every one of us his gift of eternal life. This gift is made available to us through Jesus. Are you willing to take time to ‘unwrap’ Jesus’ life and teaching? Are you curious enough to find out what it means to receive the gift of eternal life? Or will you leave the greatest gift of all unopened and put to one side once the tinsel and decorations have been stored away for another year? You can unwrap God’s gift at any time, but we especially invite you to join us at Life Church and enjoy God’s gift of love this Christmas.
This blog post featured in the December 2012 edition of Hook Focus