The beauty of the Christmas lights and decorations we enjoy in these weeks before we celebrate Christ’s birth, make me wonder what Christ was thinking from Heaven at that time over 2,000 years ago. He knew He would be born in poverty and suffer with the poor; he knew He would be rejected by politicians and religious leaders. Even knew His closest friends would betray and abandon Him. His life in Heaven was perfect and held none of the pain which awaited Him on earth. Yet—for our sake—He didn’t cling to Heaven; rather, He chose the road He knew would lead to hell.

When we ponder it, His life inspires gratefulness and humility within us! The Bible reminds us: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians‬ ‭2:5-8)‬ ‭

Amazing grace!

He thought we were worth the sacrifice and His life and death inspire us to live like others are worth it. Our most important purpose is not to create more Heaven on earth for ourselves; but rather, it is to demonstrate the Heaven of God’s love to others.

We best commemorate and celebrate the magnificent gift of Christmas when we give others the gifts Christ gave us when He redeemed us. When we are filled with Him, we learn to give love irrespective of whether it will ever be reciprocated. It’s what He did. He still does. There is no greater gift that we can give others (or ourselves) then to completely give our heart away so that others may find Him.

God’s perfect and pure love is the greatest gift of Christmas!


This devotional is taken from the book “Essential Faith,” Volume 2 which is available on Amazon. Click HERE to purchase.

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