You know it’s coming! You know it’s coming and there’s nothing you can do about it. On Christmas morning, the kids will drag you out of bed at that way-too-early-hour, ‘It’s Christmas! Get up!’ And they can’t believe you’re not as excited as they are to wake up at 6:00 a.m. on a holiday. Or, perhaps you don’t have young children at home, but the dog next door, your aged bladder or something else will wake you up! So much for sleeping in!
But when Christmas morning comes, what would you most like to find under the tree with your name on it?
When I was young, there was one gift I wanted more than anything else, a moped. I used to dream of riding my moped around the streets of my neighborhood. It would be sleek. Fast. My friends would be so jealous. All the girls would swoon. I’m still waiting on that moped.
The catch with pursuing that one perfect gift for ourselves is that Christmas is not our birthday, it’s Jesus’ birthday.
We all know this on some level. No one believes that the trees, lights and carols are for us. But on a practical level -- we sometimes forget --because we give and receive gifts as if it was our birthday.
So instead of wishing for material things for ourselves, ask yourself: What does Jesus most want for his birthday? If he showed up at your house Christmas morning to open presents, what would he like to find under the tree with his name on it?
Jesus says in Matthew 25 that whatever we do for our brothers or sisters in need, we have done it for him. In that spirit, you are invited to give a gift to Jesus this Christmas.
Once again, this year, we will receive our Christmas Eve miracle offering and 100 percent of your gift will bless people in need. During Advent, we’ve been highlighting some of our wonderful Timberlake missions, like The Fillin’ Station food pantry, the Isaiah 117 House, Hope for Appalachia, and our partnership with the veterans at Valor Farm.
This year your gift can make all the difference. So please join me in giving a sacrificial gift to Jesus for HIS birthday.
Happy birthday Jesus!