From Pastor Davies – 12/6
Christmas is a time for gift giving. This gift giving is a reflection of the gift of Jesus Christ which is given to us at Christmas. I’m sure that most of us are quite busy doing our Christmas shopping for others. But, have you thought about what gifts you can give to God this Christmas?
Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2 these words: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
I believe Paul was calling upon us to give God the gift of a loving heart, an adoring spirit, and an obedient will. Paul called upon us to make Christ the center of life. He called upon us to offer our every moment and every action to Christ. In the words of the Good News Bible, “offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship you should offer.”
At this time of gift giving, I would have you think of the gifts that you should give to God. He will not be looking for something carefully wrapped under the Christmas tree. Rather, he calls you to make of your whole life a living sacrifice, a living gift, by which God’s work is accomplished in this world.
In the words of the hymn “In the Bleak Midwinter,” written by “Christina Rossetti:
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 can I give Him,
Give Him my heart.
See you in worship this Sunday. Have a blessed week.