FROM THE WORD: God wants us to share this season’s gift with others

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By C.L. Glasscock

This is the way most celebrate Christmas – we start shopping on the day after Thanksgiving and continue to do so for many days after. Then after three or four weeks, we start wondering who we have left off our shopping list. Or we start worrying if someone will like the present we got for them. When Christmas Eve or Christmas Day rolls around, we begin the massive exchange of gifts and partake in bountiful meals. Most of us eat way too much and gain at least 10 pounds, feeling miserable. During these big meals, we briefly forget about the presents under the tree. When we get around to opening them, we find some don’t fit and have to be taken back – meaning we have to endure another day of traffic jams at the malls. After all is said, done, opened and eaten – we finally start wondering what Christmas is all about.

What is Christmas? It really is about our Lord and Savior, and the celebration of his birthday. But what should this mean to us? We all know the first Christmas is the greatest Christmas of them all because that is the day Jesus Christ left the splendor of heaven and came to earth to be born among us. This is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

The time is now upon us to celebrate. Jesus Christ came to earth to give us the greatest give of all – eternal life. No gift we can find today will even come close to what Jesus Christ brought with him on Christmas Day. The best part about this gift is that it is for anyone who wants to receive it. If you have not received this gift and want to, remember Christ is waiting and calling for you. If you need prayer or to be led into a closer walk with Jesus Christ, give me a call at 477-2923. I will be glad to help.

Christians, let’s come alive and tell the world about Jesus Christ. It will not only be a better way to celebrate Christmas, but just to see someone come to Christ is the most rewarding experience one can ever have.

It seems especially true at Christmas that we can never get enough worldly things. Matthew 16:26 says, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Instead of focusing on the material gifts, this year focus on the gift of salvation given to us by Jesus Christ and find a way to share that gift with others. I am sure it will be pleasing to him.