Many of us spend the month of December running at a frantic pace to accomplish all that comes with the month—gifts, parties, cards, mailing, decorating, baking, etc! In all the chaos, are we depriving ourselves? Honestly, how much time do we spend during the Christmas season giving and receiving the greatest gifts we can ever possess? Naturally, if we believe that the greatest gifts are the things money can buy–then we’ll never understand God’s magnificent gifts. God’s gifts are His love, joy, peace, wisdom, power, compassion, hope, mercy–and the very reason Jesus was born–salvation!

Ah, the love of God is too great for us to comprehend; but how it inspires humble gratefulness within us! Seven hundred years before Christ’s birth, these powerful words of hope were written: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬) Two thousand years after His birth, hope in Him lives on.

Is there anything we will give or receive this Christmas that will last longer than everything we have in Him? The things which we give shouldn’t come from a flood of materialism. Rather, our life should be our gift. Our time should be given to give others the same grace, compassion, love and mercy which God gives us. Giving God’s gifts DOES often involve the use of our physical resources, because that’s how we understand goodness. However, the physical gifts become priceless when they point the recipient to Him. God gave us gifts which money can’t buy and they are the most priceless gifts we can ever give others!