I love giving and getting gifts. Its one of my love languages. Giving or getting a gift makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside like drinking a warm cup of tea or some hot coco on a cold and rainy day does. I’m floating on cloud 9 high on a heady cocktail of comfort, elation, excitement, and joy.
So, it’s no wonder that I love Christmas day. I mean, the day begins with GIFTS! I literally get to be like Oprah and go:
In short, a dream day for me!
It’s an added bonus that the kids behave like perfect little angels too. I don’t need to drag them out of bed (in my house, that’s a rarity). There are no fights I need to break up (even more of a rarity). No one’s pulling anyone else’s hair or poking each other. Everyone’s in a good mood. Spirits are high. There’s excitement and anticipation in the air. I want every day to be Christmas day!
But what excites me the most about the Christmas gift exchanges is that I get to show my near and dear ones that I love them. The look on their faces when I’ve got the right gift for them is priceless.
And isn’t that exactly what God did for us on that first Christmas morning? He picked the perfect gift for each one of us. It was and is just what we need. He had planned on giving you and me this precious gift since the beginning of time no matter if you had been naughty or nice. And the gift he gave speaks volumes about how much He cares for us. They say that the greatest gifts are not wrapped in paper, but in love. If that’s the case, then Jesus is the greatest gift ever.
1 John 4:9-10 says, ‘God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.’
The God of the universe, master and commander of everything that exists, decided that he would give up his divinity and become a mere mortal so that we could be free from the shackles of sin and death. He did this not because we were in any way awesome, but because He loves us.
This gift of a savior is the greatest gift not only because of the sacrifice that went into it, but also because of how timeless it is. It’s not like the box of chocolates that you enjoy, but must throw away once it’s over. Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving.
Now that I think about it, not only do I want Christmas to be every day, I NEED Christmas to be every day. I need Christmas every day because I need saving every day. Every time I mess up I need God’s gift of forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Without that, my life would be burdened down with the shame and guilt that comes with messing up. But because of His sacrifice, I no longer need to be a slave to sin. Oh! what joy it is to not be judged by your mistakes. In the words of the song, ‘Mended’ by Matthew West,
“You see your worst mistake,
But I see the price I paid
And there's nothing you could ever do, to lose what grace has won’”
I need Christmas every day because of the hope that comes with it. God trusted Mary, an unremarkable teenage girl with the savior of the world. Didn’t he know how irresponsible teenagers are?! God delights in using the under-qualified, the un-worthy, and the clumsy (all words that describe me) and therein lies my hope that God can use someone like me too.
I need Christmas everyday as a reminder that God doesn’t see me the way I see myself. When I look in the mirror and see someone not worth loving, God looks at that same image and sees someone worth dying for. Christmas is a demonstration of how much He thinks I am worth and I need a reminder of that every time the devil whispers in my ear that I am a pile of trash.
I need Christmas every day because life gets me down. When Christmas morning rolls around, however, I feel like everything is right with my world. I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and that no matter how bad my problems are, I can always trust that He has a plan to rescue me. If only I could remember that every day, it would certainly save me a lot of anxiety and stress.
I realize I need Christmas every day, because I need Jesus every day.
I don’t know what gifts you got this Christmas. Hopefully they were ones that surprised you (pleasantly and not in a bad way!). Whether they were the practical, the simple, the sentimental, the useful, or the useless kind, I hope that you enjoy them. But the joy and excitement that comes with Christmas doesn’t need to end with Christmas day. And that’s because the indescribable gift of Jesus is too big, too high, and too wide to be contained to just one day. He is truly #thebestgiftever.
Who needs Christmas? I do, and I need it every day.
Betsy Sony is a stay-at-home mom who has the full-time job of looking after 4 beautiful girls. She came to the United States from India along with her husband Sony about 4 years ago and loves all things Skyline, reading, being outdoors, and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.
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