No Gift to Bring
by Randy Chambers, 2013-12-22
Matthew 2:11, NIV: On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
Imagine the difference of the scene if the wise men came to see Jesus with nothing in their hands. But instead, reached out their hands expecting them to be filled. There is a part of our Christmas time culture that seems to depict that very image. More focus is often fixed on the distribution of material goods, than on the consideration of what we might instead give to Christ. In preparation for Christmas, gift lists are exchanged so everyone will know what everyone else wants. If we were to ask Jesus what He wants for Christmas, what do you think He would say? What could it be He wants from us? Are we prepared to give it to Him? With each passing Christmas, how do we come to Christ? Do we come with no gift to bring? Or do we come ready to give to Him whatever it might be He would ask?