Christmas is my favorite holiday. There are many reasons why, but one of my favorite things is giving gifts. I love listening a few months in advance to what my family and loved ones would like for the holiday season. I love creating my list with each name and the ideas I have for each person. I also love creating my Christmas gift budget. I love going out shopping with my mom or boyfriend to buy gift for our families. Wrapping, placing a beautiful bow, and a little handwritten gift tag on each present are so special to me. And when the time comes to give the present, that is my absolute favorite part. When someone excitedly picks up the gift with their name on it, they slowly unwrap the paper to reveal what I intentionally gave them. Combined with their expression of gratitude on their face, it reminds me that this is my favorite part of Christmas.
My Christmas devotion mentioned, “Gift giving is honorable, generous, and says, ‘You were on my mind.’ We resemble our Heavenly Father when we offer gifts to others.”
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
Prayer Tip #50 - Remember the Perfect Gift
There is one thing about giving gifts I am the worst at. I am the worst at keeping what I got a surprise or trying to not give the gifts before Christmas. Last year, I planned 10 days of Christmas for my boyfriend that stretched from when we celebrated Christmas to our one-year anniversary. By the time I gave him all the gifts, I spoiled the whole surprise of giving him 10 gifts a day. I even accidentally told him a few of the gifts before he opened them. I was just so excited to give him the gifts, I wanted to tell him everything I got him.
Jesus is our perfect gift. From the Scriptures above, we see that God sent Jesus to be born. That day, we now call Christmas, the most perfect gift there was and ever will be, was given to us on that day. James 1:17 states that every good & perfect gift is from above, from God, from the Father of Lights. We know that Jesus is good & perfect. We know from the birth story of Jesus that God sent a star for the wise men to follow, hence that “Father of Lights” in James 1:17. God gave prophecy of Jesus' birth. God told others about the Greatest Gift ever given before Christmas. Sometimes the gift is too good to keep to ourselves. When was the last time you were so excited about Jesus being our Perfect Gift that you told someone everything about Him?
Christmas can get busy. The stores are crowded and people can lose sight of the joy that the season of Christmas can bring. However, it is our job, as Christians, to remember the Perfect Gift of Jesus that makes Christmas the season of Joy. As you pick up your last minute gifts, see family, and open gifts, remember our Perfect Gift from Above. Spread the joy of Christ this Christmas.
Prayer Points - (Pray over these requests)
Lord, help me to remember Jesus this Christmas.
Ask God to give you a spirit of Joy this season.
Give thanks to the Lord for sending Jesus, our Perfect Gift & Savior, to be born.
Pray that you will share Christ-likeness to the people you encounter
Pray that God will use you to share the Christmas story to someone who needs to hear it this Christmas - whether a stranger or a family member.
Suggested Prayer - (Pray these words in your heart or out loud):
Lord, I thank You for sending Jesus to be born as a human. Thank You for being the ultimate Gift Giver of eternal life. Throughout this season, help me to remain in You and remember the reason for Christmas. Lord, help me to have a spirit of joy in this season, no matter what happens. I pray that You will give me that chance to tell the story of my Perfect Gift to someone who needs to know about You. I thank You. I love You. I praise You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.