I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. It is a 26 day journey ending on Christmas Day.
Day 25 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled His Gift to Us.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8)At Christmas it is a custom to give gifts. A custom that has spiraled out of control in some parts of the world, including mine. In may ways the gifts we exchange during this incredible celebration have overshadowed the true gift given by God.
The reality is that our gifts have only overshadowed God's gift in our own myopic up side down world.
The reality is that from the big picture, when you look beyond today and into eternity God's gift is revolutionary and glorious!
The reality is that our gifts are only tokens, only signs, that point to the one true and incredible gift given by God in Jesus--grace.
Thank you God for this life changing gift! Help me today to give and receive gifts only as a reminder of your gift.
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.