One of my favorite things about Christmas is giving. Receiving is fun, I can’t deny… but giving results in even greater happiness. As Jesus said, “‘It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).
Travis and I did some of our Christmas shopping for our kids over the weekend, and we had such a great time selecting and purchasing things that we knew would bring joy to their sweet little hearts and faces. In our happy endeavor to give “good gifts,” I was reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:7-11.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
In the hustle and bustle of giving and receiving this Christmas, I want to remember the Giver–He who gives what is good to those who ask Him and who gave His life to give me mine. The Heavenly Father has given me more than I could ever think to ask for, more than I could ever hope to deserve.
“[F]or today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)