The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Once again we approach the most famous month known for giving.

This month represents the birth of Christ, the Savior of the world.

In addition, December 25th is intrinsically known as the annual day to exchange gifts.

All around the world, ages, genders, nationalities and ethnicities celebrate this cultural tradition of buying, making and giving gifts to loved ones and strangers alike.

We cannot lie, we all LOVE gifts!  Whether a king in the richest castle or the poorest person on the street – we love getting them, tearing through the wrapping paper or gently peaking as we carefully unwrap.  Regardless if it is a crafty, colorful yet messy creation from your child, a small sparkly item to be worn on fingers, necks or earlobes, or the larger fun items such as cars boats and vacation… the bottom line is we all LOVE gifts.

History accounts that this tradition of giving Christmas gifts first began with the example of the wise men that brought gifts to baby Jesus.

These Magi (wise men) came after Jesus was born in an animal trough.  Although the Bible does not give a specific number of how many men came, we do know that they came from the East straight to Jerusalem for the sole purpose of worshipping Jesus (Matthew 2:1-2)

They brought gifts of gold, incense and myrrh that would honor the long awaited Messiah.

These gifts foretold and confirmed prophetic meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Gold represented a gift for a king, frankincense represented a gift for a priest and myrrh represented the burial ointment for one who would die.

Well in your quest of shopping for the people on your list and your endless frustrations such as waiting in long lines, credit card debt increasing, meeting everyone’s demands for gifts… please do not pull your hair out, instead… let me make your job a little easier this year… Give the Gift that keeps on giving.

Trade all the commercialism and stress for a lasting, simplistic and holy way.

1) You don’t need to stand in long shopping lines, instead He stood, secured with nails on a cross.

2) No need for fancy wrapping paper, instead the wet crimson blood glistening in the hot sun was the bow on the wrapping of a promise fulfilled.

3) It will not cost you a dime, instead it cost the life of a willing, obedient participant, The Son of God and the Son of man.

4) Guaranteed to fit every size and shape.

5) Never needing to be returned for any reason.

 Apostle Paul shares his definition of the gift of Christ and praise to the Corinthians saying… “Thanks [be] to God for His indescribable gift!” - II Corinthians 9:15

When a person accepts Christ as their own personal indescribable gift… the benefits are super duper abundant overflowing blessings that will last for eternity.

The Psalmist describes it quite well in chapter 103: 1-5:

Bless the LORD O my soul and forget not all his benefits: 1. Who forgives all your iniquity; 2. Who heals all your diseases; 3. Who redeems your life from the pit; 4. Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy; 5. Who satisfies you with good, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

And much like the thankful humbled response we give to a person who blesses us with a gift. The only response to a holy God for giving us His gift is praise and worship.  Much like the Magi had for baby Jesus. 

So in a society where Christmas has become so commercialism and the plaguing messages of the media are buy, buy, buy, will you trade all that for the One true Gift that keeps on giving into eternity.

In order to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior all you have to do is have a conversation with Him – sometimes known as prayer.  These guidelines below serve as a help for your walk through the process.

1) Acknowledge your wrong doings according to His word - “Lord, I ADMIT that I am a Sinner and I am sorry that have sinned.”.(Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, 1 John 1:9, Acts 3:19)

2) Repent and turn from these ways -  “Lord, I BELIEVE that you sent your Son, Jesus, to the world to die and he paid the price for my sins.” (John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

3) Confess to God and turn away - “Lord, I CONFESS my sins to you, please be with me as I struggle to turn away from sin. I pray these things in your Son’s name, Jesus. Amen!” (Romans 10:9-13)

If you have accepted Christ (the gift that keeps on giving) then Facebook me, I would love to answer any questions you may have.

© Copyright 2012 Simone Lake.

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• Articles: The Rim Review: Firm Foundation, first Wednesday of the month. Archive online

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• Teachings: Feb. 2013 - Spiritual Discipline Courses - Phoenix Seminary’s Center for Women with Vision, www.ps.edu/. Certificate available upon completion of courses.

Speaking Engagements

• Wednesday Bible Study - Community Senior Center

• Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary-Women’s Leadership Consultation - Feb. 2013

• Prayer Teaching, April 2013

About the author

Simone Lake has a variety of areas where she serves, because of this, she describes herself as a minister, an ambassador of God, always willing to go where He sends her and minister to others. She is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she teaches spiritual discipline courses, writes devotional articles, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain. She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS). Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state church denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their border collie, Scout.

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