Most people, generally speaking, like the Christmas season…of course minus the frantic shopping and the overloaded spending and schedules and such. Despite all that, most people also see it as a season of cheerfulness and giving. Christians see it as such, but even so much more.
Many believe that Christmas signifies the time when the Savior of mankind…Jesus…God in the flesh, became human. While this is true, it is also true that you can know this fact without it making any true impact in your life. You may say you believe in it…but have you really RECEIVED it?
READ: John 1:9-12
Did you see the distinction in the words receiving and believing? Why do you think that is there?
Imagine a kid at Christmas so excited about a gift he sees under the tree. He even figures out what it is based on the size of the packaging and by the “shake test”, and he becomes even more excited about knowing he is going to get this gift. But, how strange would it be on Christmas morning if the kid decides he is not going to open it up and play with it? He just knew it was offered there to him, but he didn’t receive it.
Just like that kid, we must not only believe….but we must receive the gift.
How will you RECEIVE Christmas this year? (write you response below)
PRAY: Jesus I pray that you will help me see that you are the Greatest Gift I should receive this Christmas. Forgive me that for too long I have known You are there for me but I have never received You into my life. Please show me how to do this.
NOTE: If you feel like you really want to know how to receive Jesus into your life, please don’t hesitate…but let someone you trust who knows Jesus, help show you how to do that.