Posted by: TLC Fellowship | December 14, 2013

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

by Marsha Gordon, member of TLC Fellowship

“And what a difference between our sin and God’s generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God’s bountiful gift. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.    Romans 5:15-17 (NLT)

“Each year we are reminded that Christmas should not be just about giving and receiving presents. But, if [we] truly think about Christmas, it is, indeed, all about gift giving! At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, by the greatest gift-giver of all, our wonderful God and Father!” *

When I read the above on a recent blog post I thought—okay, I can go with that. Over time, the Christmas season has become very annoying to me. I hate what now defines the Christmas season—endless, mindless shopping, decorations that are up right after Halloween, commercial after commercial about sales, sales, and more sales…

The holiday is truly about the gift of Christ to humanity. However, I (as do many of you) feel that we have lost focus on the real gift. Our vision becomes clouded by the trappings of materialism, excess, and commercialism. Christ somehow gets tossed to the bottom of the pile of like the sweater we didn’t really want, or the re-gifted item we plan to re-gift next year.

This year, I pray we refocus and reclaim the most precious gift we can receive this season and always—the gift of Christ.  Jesus Christ…the gift that truly keeps on giving!

Prayer: Dear God we thank you for your amazing love! You have shown us through your gift of Jesus just how special we are to you! Help us to stay focused on the “true star” of Christmas—Jesus Christ.

* Excerpt from: “The Twelve Days of Christmas-Day One” by Mary Fairchild

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