It has been a very hard year for me financially and as I was walking and sweating like a sieve , I was complaining to God about where I was going to get the money for pressies for everyone and what about the price of food and petrol when he broke into my train of thought and spoke to me saying, it was him who had given the very first Christmas gift, the most important gift mankind ever had and ever would, receive. He also told me that he hadn’t just whipped down to the local mall and purchased this gift on his credit card and added it to the national debt. This got me to thinking about the great gift he had given us and although you cannot put Jesus in a box, three main attributes sprang to mind.
Forgiveness, Grace and Passion.
The first, God forgave us our trespasses and transgressions, holding nothing back, we were completely forgiven , the second, God gives us Grace, that free space around our actions and intentions to grow up, before we grow old. This brings me to the last, Passion, Jesus had such a passion for life, he lived totally in the moment whether it be talking to prostitute’s, thieves and drug addicts or receiving revelation directly from the Father. Eventually that passion led him to the cross where he suffered an agonising separation from that Father and gained our freedom for eternity.
Right all well and good says I, what does all this mean? It was about then that the penny dropped and I realised God was showing me that he had already provided the true Christmas gift for me to give to my family and friends. To extend Forgiveness when they trespass on my own rights, feelings and privileges, to allow them Grace to grow without doing my nut every time they didn’t live up to my expectation’s and Passion, to live life, trusting God and living it to the full, to expect good things to happen, to look forward but to live in the moment, without looking back and dragging up my past failures. Surely, or at least for me, this is the perfect gift to give away this Christmas.
Thanks guys and girls for reading this, have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy your family and friends, I know I will. God Bless.