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Continuing on my Christmas theme for this month, I got to thinking about the Christmas presents that my family and friends gave me when I was younger. If my family was still living, gift-giving would probably still be happening among our family but it would have stayed simple over the years.
My mother used to start looking for, or maybe I should say paying attention to, next year's Christmas presents almost as soon as she gave us the presents for the current year. She had a money limit but she wanted the gift to be special. It would be something that I would not buy for myself AND within her price range. I remember the year she gave me my first camera. She found the perfect camera for me and it was on sale so she was able to get it for me.
My parents would not go in debt for Christmas presents for my brother and I or anyone else for that matter. She spaced out buying the presents throughout the year so she would not owe so much money all at once. If I know her, she probably did that so she could pay cash and not use her credit card.
For as long as I can remember, Christmas day and opening the presents my parents gave me as a young boy was a special time. I knew it would be fun but what would they, and Santa Claus, give me?
As I look back and think about the gifts, it's not the gifts that matter. It was the thought that was behind them. It was the simplicity and beauty of being given a gift from someone who loved you no matter what.
This reminds me of what God did for us. All of us. Not just a few select people. Every last one of us. He gave us a very Special Gift on that first Christmas Day, the birth of His Son Jesus. He was born in a manger, a much simpler place than most of our hospitals. He lived a short life of 33 years doing many works of ministry and showing God's Love. However, it cost Him everything, God His Son and Jesus His Life. He was crucified on a cross so that we could be forgiven of our sins and spend eternity in heaven with Him.
If you would like to accept Christ's awesome Gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:
"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified
by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,"
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV
"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 6:23, ESV
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:
(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16, ESV
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:
(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
- Romans 10:9, ESV
(13) "For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”
- Romans 10:13, ESV
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life.
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever.
Jesus, come into my life and take control,
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-
- Find a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
- Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with
- Get baptized
- Buy a Bible
- Read the Book of John
- Get in a Bible Study
- Daily: Pray and read the Bible
- Find a Mentor
- Learn how to Pray
- If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.