"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…"
I used to sing that song when I was young. We usually got one toy and then, the rest was essentials like shoes or clothes. Usually, no more than one toy, and if more, we would be on a share basis.
I think about what my co-pastor preached recently. He said there were three things needed to make a good Christmas present. I saw a magazine the other day that read, "Jesus, God's greatest gift!" I also read somewhere that Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving!
First, is the Christmas gift, something I really want.
Do you remember when giving someone a fruitcake was popular? Everyone on the block got a fruitcake for Christmas. They all had some kind of toppings that tasted awful. Christmas day for the child of God is everyday!
II Corinthians 9:15 reads, 'Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." He gave himself for our sins. Ephesians 2:8-9tells us His salvation gift to us is nothing we can buy or work for ourselves.
Is this fight something that I really want? Absolutely! How sweet to know Jesus is my personal savior.
Second, is it something that I need?
How much double stuff do we have? Ties, handkerchiefs, shirts and socks galore rest underneath the tree! Everyone needs the salvation gift for Christmas. It is something we all want and definitely need. Your eternal existence -- either in heaven or hell -- depends upon whether you have received this gift or not.
Lastly, is it something I can use?
The fruit gifts of the Holy Spirit to us are things we can give to others every day.
Galatians 5:22 lists the gifts and how wonderful they are. Here is the list: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
Oh, precious Savior, fill my heart to overflowing with these gifts so that I can give them to others this Christmas.
(Mac Wells is pastor at Eddyville Second Baptist Church. His opinions are his own and not necessarily those of this newspaper.)