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The other night my wife was leading our kids through a nativity set that deals with the question: “What does God want for Christmas?”
The kids’ guesses to that question ranged from “God wants a great big hug” to “God wants my brother.” They followed along with fidgety attention as they opened boxes containing different figures involved in the story of Christ at the innkeeper’s stable. And, when the last box was opened, they found a mirror that reflected what God wants for Christmas – them.
The concept was simple: God wants your heart devoted to Him.
But, I wondered, “What about those who already have devoted themselves to Him? What does God want from them?” Do we bring nothing to God this Christmas?
The words of the prophet Micah came to mind. He pondered how the Israelites should return to the Lord. This was the inspired answer that came to him. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
So, as we enter into this Christmas season quite possibly with less money coming in and more money going out, let us not forget to devote ourselves to the Lord and find ways to “give” to Him.
Let us do justly. We are always called upon to do what’s right. But, perhaps you’re aware of decisions that need to be made, debts that need to be repaid, or relationships that need to be mended. Honor God by taking the right steps.
Let us show mercy. O, how the holidays bring out the need for mercy. There are the destitute, sick, and abandoned individuals who need our kindness. There will be grumpy salesclerks and irritating relatives who will need our forgiveness. And, there are church and home families who will need an extra dose of love. Bless God by showing mercy.
Let us walk humbly. Remember that the point of Christmas is that a Savior has come because we needed saving. Therefore no matter how much we “give” to God, we never repay Him. Each day of salvation only humbles us further in His grace. So, be modest toward others and seek to lift them up. Adore God by walking humbly.
This Christmas give God a devoted heart and a life lived for His glory.