3 Things You Can Give Jesus this Christmas
The reason we celebrate Christmas is to remember our savior’s birth. It’s to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. The question is, “What are we going to give Jesus for his birthday?” What do you give the God who has everything?
Actually he doesn’t have everything. There are three things he doesn’t have unless we give them to him.
WHAT SHOULD I GIVE TO JESUS?
1. I give Jesus my TRUST.
Faith is a voluntary matter. Jesus doesn’t have our trust unless we give it to him. He’s never going to force it.
Do you really trust God? You decide how much you’re going to trust God. Let me say it another way: What are you expecting God to do in your life in 2019?
Psalm 50:15 Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
Did you know God knows the problems you’re walking into, and he doesn’t stop you? He lets you go ahead and make that dumb mistake. Then you get into trouble so he can bail you out and you can praise him and trust him and he gets the glory. Are you going to trust God in your trouble? Are you going to trust God in every other area of your life? If you don’t actively give him your trust, he doesn’t have it.
2. I give him FIRST PLACE.
I give him first place in my life, because that’s where he belongs. He is God. In fact, the very first commandment of the Ten Commandments is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Anything we put first place in our life that’s not God becomes our god. There’s a word for God when it’s not god. It’s an idol. Your career can be an idol. Your significant other can be your idol. Making money can be an idol. Your hobby can be an idol. Your kids can be an idol. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things. They’re all good. In fact, they’re all gifts of God. We wouldn’t have any of them if it weren’t for God. But, they should not be in first place. Because whatever is in first place in our life is the center of our life.
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
The third thing I can give him...
3. I give him my HEART.
Psalm 37:5 (MSG) “Open up before God. Keep nothing back and he’ll do whatever needs to be done.”
I love this. It says if I come to God and say, “God, I’m opening up my life to you – the good, the bad, and the ugly. God, it’s all yours.” God says, “Ok, then I’m going to do what needs to be done in your life.”
What is your heart? Your heart is what you love. Your heart is what you value. Your heart are the things you care about most. What you treasure the most. Jesus is very clear about this. He says “Wherever your treasure is your heart will be there also.” Whatever costs you is what you’re going to value. Whatever you treasure – where your treasure is, whatever you invest money in, that’s what you’re going to have your heart in.
This is what the wise men did. The wise men brought their gold to Jesus. They invested their treasure. It says they opened their treasures. Why? “We want you to have our heart. Lord.” Let me explain this. God doesn’t need our money. It’s all his anyway. The whole world, everything, belongs to God. He just loans it to us for a while. Here’s what God says.
Hosea 6:6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
He wants our hearts. He wants our trust. He wants to be first place in our lives. These are the gifts we can bring to Jesus this Christmas and every day.