"The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come so that you may have life and life to the fullest." John 10:10
During the holiday season we hear the phrase, "it's better to give than to receive" on a regular basis. I have often wondered if people truly meant that when they said it. Do we truly feel better when we give things away instead of receiving them?
I would argue that one must be present to enjoy the other. Would we truly know how good it felt when we gave things away if we had never experienced the joy of getting it? Or could we truly enjoy receiving if we didn't understand the sacrifice necessary to give?
When it comes to the gift of life that Christ has promised to us it often puzzles me that we don't freely tell others of that gift. As a kid, any time I opened a really good gift that was now my own, I couldn't wait to tell others about it. I would run around showing it off. How much more should we be telling others about the new life Christ has brought to us. Paul says, "If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come." What a gift. A brand new life! Maybe we struggle to enjoy that life because we are keeping it to ourselves or maybe we are trying to be a giver when we have never yet received.
As we enter into this time of Christmas, I urge you to ask yourself two questions:
Have I personally received the gift of life and experienced life to the full because of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
Who have I told about this life-changing gift?
If I am honest, I must say I love to both give and receive. As a follower of Christ we should rejoice daily because we have experienced the greatest gift ever provided to mankind and now we have the ability to share that gift with others. I hope that during the chaos of the season you will remind yourself and tell others about the Christ who came so that we all might have life to the fullest!
Prayer: God, thank you for the gift of life through your Son! May we be grateful for the gift to us and eager to share that gift of life with others.