This Christmas, the best gift I can give is to point you to the best gift I’ve ever received.
I used to think I knew what the gift was. It turned out, I had only opened part of the gift. And some of the things I thought were the gift, were not part of the gift at all. It was as if I were the kid who thought the box was the gift, instead of the present inside.
I have come to know the gift more fully. And the more I know…the more I want to know. The more I see…the more I want to see and freedom becomes a greater and greater reality.
This season is more.
It’s more than lights on the tree and the gifts under it. But we know that, right? At least we say it.
It’s even more than celebrating the baby who was born over 2000 years ago.
Because that 13-inch baby Jesus (sorry, y’all, couldn’t resist!) grew into the 30 year-old man who gave the greatest gift anyone could ever give.
This season is more than what we THINK is the gift. It’s more than Him just coming to earth and living a It’s more than Him forgiving you of your sins so that you can go to heaven when you die.. That’s part of it. But that’s not even the half of it.
The gift is for right now. It’s for today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
Because the gift that He gives is the Gift that He is.
He is Light and Love.
He is Joy and Peace.
He is Righteousness and Truth.
He is Grace and Mercy.
He is our very Life.
The gift that He gives is the Gift that He is.
And all of who He is…dwells in us.
Because the Gift that He gives…is Himself.
Not JUST on the cross. When He died and was resurrected – that’s when true LIFE began.
What greater gift can you give than to give yourself away?
And that’s what He did. He gave Himself away so that we could be made new. New creations. New life.
Not old life made better. Not bad people turned good.
It is the dead risen to life.
It is darkness made light.
It is the lowly now united with the Divine.
Do you see the difference?
The difference is in a one-time transaction versus an every-moment-of-the-day reality.
Jesus didn’t just come to make us into good little Christians.
He came to make us NEW CREATURES and to infuse His very LIFE into us.
The gift that He gives is the gift that HE IS.
And if you don’t have the gift. Or know the gift like I do. All you have to do is ask.
And He gives it freely.
Just. Like. That.
No strings attached (regardless of what anyone says.)
No hidden agendas.
It’s not about what you do, it’s about what He’s done.
He loves you that much.
And I love you enough to share the gift.
p.s. There’s so much more, but I think that’s enough for now. I’m always willing to talk and share and do whatever I can to move you forward in your journey, or even help you start your journey. It’s not about perfection. It’s just about taking the next step. Questions and doubts are okay too.