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Thursday, December 20, 2012

What To Give Jesus For His Birthday

At church last weekend, I was reminded about six things we can give Jesus for his birthday. Christmas is about celebrating the incarnation, birth, and coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was given gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The gifts were real, and symbolically pointed to his identity as the King of salvation. Throughout the birth narratives of Jesus (see Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2), the characters involved in the story all worship Jesus. Thus, worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ is one of the main themes of the incarnation, birth, and coming two thousand years ago which reveals one of the main themes for Christmas.

However, in the 21st century, how do you give "God" something? Theologically, there is nothing that God needs, or is there anything we can give him. Spiritually, there are things God desires us to do, however, which are given to God through our personal ethic of worship and service for His glory. The things he desires for us to do are always linked together with His glory, and what is linked to his glory is always for our greater good. Therefore, Christmas can be a revival like experience if one allows it by giving to God specific things that will give him glory. The things we can "give" to God are predicated on our need for him. Giving must be selfless because it is always sacrificial, beneficial, and most importantly biblical.

Here are six things we can give the Lord Jesus Christ for Christmas (his birthday):

1. We can give Jesus our time.

2. We can give Jesus our love.

3. We can give Jesus our praise.

4. We can give Jesus our giving.

5. We can give Jesus our thanks.

6. We can give Jesus our trust.

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