Good evening everyone…and how was your Saturday? I had a very nice day…doing a little cooking…and relaxing with my husband and a movie. For some reason this afternoon, I was in a Christmas movie mood; but wanted to watch something that didn’t pertain to Santa Claus…and all the materialistic part of Christmas; so I chose to watch a DVD that we had put away, titled…“The Christmas Box,” which I just love! I won’t give the entire movie away, in case you haven’t seen it; but the part I always enjoy the most; is when this older lady in the movie…asks the husband of a couple that is staying with her, as to what was the first gift of Christmas. At first, he tells her that it’s a tie…as he jokes around with her…but through time, he comes to realize that the first gift of Christmas was a child… “For unto us a child is born…unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.”
One thing my husband and I have agreed on this year; is to not decorate the house with a Christmas tree…for we truly want to give this whole Christmas to the One, for which it stands for…and that’s the birth of Jesus Christ.
Tonight, as I’ve been sitting here; God led me to a Bible verse in Matthew 6:33…and we read… “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” How many of us can say that we are willing to give one hundred percent of our lives to Christ? It’s so easy to put stipulations on things…or even use excuses, as to why we do things a certain way; but the thing I have come to see is this…if I want Jesus to do for me…and be my everything…every single day; then first, I need to do the same for Him.
You know…one day, as I sat in the living room…talking with my husband; I was saying that it’s so easy to get caught up into traditions and the things of this world, without even realizing what we are doing…and where these moments may be leading us.
I’m not here to talk about others…or even judge their ways; but when I hear of Easter bunnies hopping down a church isle…or trick or treating at churches…or even a room in a church, where a person can decide, as to whether they will listen to the pastor speak…or listen to the super bowl…I just wonder where we truly are with God, in this day and age. Here, we expect God to do everything for us; but we are not willing…out of true love, devotion and sacrifice…to give back to Him, in a humble and loving way…with hearts of obedience to Him.
One thing I have truly come to see within my own life…is that the more I give of myself to Christ…the more He blesses me. In fact…it was just the other day; that He blessed me…even before I asked for His help.
If we are going to share in a complete and loving relationship with Christ; then we must also be willing to sacrifice for Him…as He has done so much for us. One of my favorite hymns; that has truly touched my life is… “I’d Rather Have Jesus”…and a little of it goes like this… “I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I'd rather be His than have riches untold. I'd rather have Jesus than houses or land; I'd rather be led by His nail scarred hands. Than to be a king of a vast domain or be held in sins dread way; I'd rather have Jesus than anything; this world affords today."
Can we truly say tonight; that we would rather have Jesus…and all He can truly offer us, than the things of this world? One thing I can say to you tonight; is that when we give up our own desires…to desire and love Christ even more; then this is when we will truly begin to experience a love; that not only gave His all for us at the cross; but a love that will continue to give His all for us, even into eternity…AMEN!! Jesus has given up so much for you…what are you willing to give up for Him?
Well…I have a few things to prep in my kitchen…a phone call to make; so I guess I better go for now. I truly pray that your night will be filled with the peaceful and loving presence of God! See ya soon!
Goodnight & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain