The Grinch who Stole Christmas
God gave the ultimate gift to us in the person of Jesus.
Hab 3:17-19 – Inspite of your prevailing circumstance, choose to rejoice in your praise to God.
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
The goodness of God leads to repentance. For some, Christmas is a time of joy, festivity, celebrations, etc. Although Christmas may remind you of your shortcomings, lack, broken relationships etc beware that you allow the thief to steal your joy this season.
Anything that occurs in your life outside of God’s sanction for you is a thief and a robber it is there to steal your joy, kill your faith and destroy your life. Some examples of these robbers include unmet expectations, disappointment and lost opportunities.
Without joy, you will never draw from the wells of salvation. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Instead of rejoicing, you are being sorrowful, allowing your circumstances to steal the joy of the moment. Stop meditating on your shortcomings. DO NOT LET YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE TURN YOU INTO A GRINCH. To break out of this, you need to be intentional in rejoicing.
Christmas is a season of giving and exchange of gifts, however be aware that there will always be an inequality of giving. Therefore, do not allow yourself to be disappointed in the process. It is important to understand that God gave us the ultimate gift in the person of His only begotten son, Jesus, yet what do we give in return? There is nothing we would ever give that will measure up to this loving and selfless gesture, yet He loves us just the way we are. What will we ever give that will measure up to the gift He first gave us. With this understanding, one should value every gift given and received, especially in this season of Christmas. It is not so much about the equality of the gift, but the attitude behind the giving and the receiving.
A gift can be given honourably or dishonourably. The wise men in honouring Jesus, took with them gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh each signifying royalty, priesthood, death and resurrection. When you honour someone, the good that is in that person flows to you.
Every child of God is a royal priesthood. Honour and treat people, even in the giving and receiving of gifts. It is not so much about the cost of the gift, but the attitude behind the giving and also in the receiving.
God gave His best to us, yet we didn’t not receive Him. Why?
- The gift was in an unexpected package – the ultimate gift of God, baby Jesus started in a manger!
- He was wrapped in swaddling clothes – not necessarily the most impressive / luxurious of baby blankets.
- The Jews had been expecting the Messiah i.e. they wanted a militant messiah yet they got a spiritual messiah who came to transform lives contrary to their expectations.
- HE was the son of David disguised as the son of a carpenter.
- Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. This means, every gift that God will always starts in seed form with the potential to appreciate with time. Refusing this gift is the rejecting the relationship that will be developed from it; likewise accepting the gift is accepting the relationship and connection that can be developed therein.
In spite of all the limitations in 2018, don’t despise all the experiences therein, celebrate where you are and what you have (seed) because it will appreciate into a mighty harvest with time.
All that you need is already within you, as long as you continue to appreciate and nurture your seed, you will become all that God intended and has prepared for you. Let God build within you, according to what He desires for you – He builds us from inside out.
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