Today we find ourselves nearing the end of the busiest shopping days of the year. Yes, we are in the midst of the Christmas season.
People are caught up in the hustle and bustle of the shopping season. Some enjoy the whole "shop 'til you drop" mentality. They thrive on that. Christmas music is played in nearly every store. In fact, in many cases its been playing for months. The bargains. The deals. People are looking for that "perfect" gift for their loved ones or friends.
The reality is there has only been one perfect gift. That gift was Jesus. There has been no greater gift ever given.
The bible tells us in 1 John 4:14 "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."
People spend all that time searching for the perfect gift for their loved one only to see it eventually swept aside, put under the bed or in the closet to be forgotten.
Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving. He saves (salvation, deliverance, healing) us. He keeps us, giving us assurance of our salvation. He will take us through troubled times. He will be with us during the storms of life. He's there holding our hand as we pass through the valleys. At times He even carries us. He empowers us through the Holy Spirit. He leads, guides and directs us.
Jesus never becomes irrelevant, Himself. However, believers sometimes push Him aside. We get too busy with the cares of this life. We put Jesus on the back burner of our lives. We want to only pull Him out when we need Him. In essence, He becomes like that "perfect" gift we give that eventually gets tossed aside.
I want to encourage you to keep Jesus at the forefront of your life. Remember the reason we celebrate this season. Give Him preeminence in your life. Make Him count in your life. Let Him be the Savior He desires to be for you. He will bless you beyond measure. Or...as I sometimes say,
He will bless your socks off!
Until next time...enjoy the journey!