By Peggy Lively

With the Christmas season upon us, gift buying and giving is all around us. It really is a fun and festive time of year, but so often we lose sight of the One we are celebrating. The last couple of years as I have begun my gift buying, I have really desired to give a gift to Jesus. After all, it is His birthday we are celebrating.

As I have pondered, “What can I give Him?” this year, my desire is to share the good news of His grace and the gift of salvation with those at both of my work places. So I have decided to give devotional books to all those that I work with. I want to share His love with them; this is my gift to Him this season.

Pray about what you can give to Jesus as we celebrate Him. Maybe it is to provide for a needy family, or to give a financial gift to a homeless ministry. Maybe it is to serve in your church, or go visit someone in prison or a nursing home. Jesus reminds us that as we minister to others, we are ministering to Him: “’For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40)

Or maybe you have never fully surrendered your heart to the Lord, and this Christmas He is prompting you to do so. Your gift to Him may be to give Him your heart.

“What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;

Yet what I can I give Him: give Him my heart.”

In the Bleak Midwinter, by Christina Rossetti

As a visual reminder to keep Jesus first this season, when you make your gift-giving list, write His name at the top of your list. What can you give Him?



One Response to “What Can I Give Him?”

  1. Nikki Says:

    I must confess that this is the first year that my family is really feeling the crazy-pace-stress of the holiday season. Reading your post here this morning has been such an encouragement to me to slow down and help my family remember why we REALLY celebrate (and not just rush through all our commitments — including Advent devotionals and calendars, etc.). Great suggestions here. Thank you!

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