So what do you want for Christmas? A house? A new car? A vacation on a remote island? More money? A new job? All of these things sound nice, but they have an end date attached to them. The home will lose it’s charm, the car will soon become old, the vacation, well, those end way too fast. Money will exchange hands as it always does, and the new job will soon become tedious.
We’re never satisfied, always wanting, like food that tastes so good but doesn’t have any nutritional value in it so we’re left hungry for more. What will it take? This time last year, almost everyone wanted the latest IPhone, but now it’s obsolete and there’s new things.
Psalm 45:10-11 “Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
We can’t continually wish for something else when the one who values us and lavishes great gifts on us is really all we need. It’s not even our birthday, it’s His, so it’s time we seek the giver, not the gifts. Don’t focus on filling the space under the tree this year, focus on the One who made it all possible.
Lord, nothing in the earth can satisfy or bring me joy but you. I hear people say, “I want that for Christmas!” but I want you. In days or weeks, the newness of those things will wear off and they will be left wanting once again. Will Love win the affections of your people?
As Paul said, “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” So it would seem Lord, that the greatest gift I can give is Love. I will live to give love to those I meet. A smile, a kind word, compassion, a prayer, a dollar, a meal. A word of praise to the checkout clerk who looks stressed because her child is sick and she can’t pay her bills. I will look for ways to give, even if it costs me everything, because that is what it cost you. It’s in Jesus name I pray, Amen.