Daily Devotion

  • What Can I Give Him

    When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

    Matthew 2:10-11

     

    I have a friend whose younger brother became a very successful and wealthy country songwriter. Each year at Christmas, my friend faced a predicament: what to give someone who has everything he wants and needs absolutely nothing?

     

    One year, my friend came up with a Christmas gift that only he could give his brother. He found and had restored several old photographs of his brother and himself with their mom and dad from their childhood in Texas. He had them beautifully displayed, and the gift carefully wrapped.

     

    He knew this was his best gift.  And, it was one that could only come from him.

     

    What do you give Jesus - the King, the Son of God?    He has everything He needs.

     

    The one only one thing you can give Jesus.  You can give Him yourself. You can give Him your heart. You can give Him your praise.

     

    I love the song – What Can I Give Him? 

    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? I can give Him my heart.

     

    No one can give Jesus your heart but you.  No one can give Him your praise but you.  No one can give Him your adoration but you.

     

    What will you give Jesus this Christmas season?

     

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

     

  • What We Really Need for Christmas

    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

    Have you ever received a Christmas gift that you didn’t want, and didn’t think you needed?  One year, my cousin bought me an emergency tire pump. That was not something I thought I wanted or needed. So I  left it in the box and put it away for years.  But a few years later, I used that emergency tire pump – two times in the same week. Each time I used it I thanked the Lord and thanked my cousin for that gift.  It turned out that I really needed it!

     

    When God sent His Son, He sent a gift that people said they didn't want. The Bible says, “He came to His own, and His own received Him not.”  But God’s gift of His Son is one we really need, because every person needs what only Jesus can give.   

    You may think that you don't need Jesus, because you feel that you are a pretty good person who doesn’t need to be saved.   But being saved is your greatest need!  The Bible says that we are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory.  The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Eternal life is a gift that God wants to give you, but you must receive it! 

    You might not think you need Jesus, but I want you to know something: You need Him today. I need Him. Every person on earth needs Him.

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

  • Not a Myth

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.   Colossians 1:15-20

    At first glance, the message on a billboard on a New Jersey highway appeared to be celebrating Christmas. It depicted a beautiful manger scene, the silhouette of the baby in the manger, the wise men, and the star of Bethlehem. But that billboard had been paid for by the American Atheists, and the caption read: “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason.”

     

    Friend, Jesus is not a myth. His birth is not a fable, a fantasy, or a fairytale. His life, His death, and His resurrection are attested to more than any other historical event in all of history.

    Jesus is not just one god among many; He is the One and only Son of God.  He is the only way, the only truth, the only life, and no one comes to God except through Him.

    That is why we celebrate Him. That is why we worship Him. That is why we follow Him.  He lived. He died. He rose again. He lives in our hearts, and He is coming again one day for us.

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

  • The Man and the Birds

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

     

      

    One of my favorite Christmas Stories is from Paul Harvey:

     

    On Christmas Eve, a kind and decent husband and father bypassed the opportunity to attend a midnight service with his family.  He enjoyed other Christmas festivities with them, but he just could not swallow the idea of God becoming a man. 

     

    Just after his family left for the service, it started to snow, and he settled into his chair by the fire with the newspaper for company.

     

    In a few moments he was startled by the sound of a thud against the large window.  It happened again and again.  When he went to investigate, he saw that a flock of birds had been caught in the snowstorm, and looking for shelter had flown into the window.  They were now huddled together, miserable and freezing.  What was he to do?  He couldn’t let them die. 

     

    So, he donned his coat and goulashes and made his way in the deepening snow to the barn, turned on a light and pulled the doors open wide for the birds to fly in for shelter.  But the birds did not come.  So, he made his way back to the house, grabbed a box of bread crumbs and scattered a path of them all the way to the barn, hoping to coax the birds in with food.  Still, the birds did not come.

     

    He tried catching the birds.  He tried shooing them in the direction of the barn.  But the birds scattered wildly, and remained in the storm.  It became clear to him that the birds were afraid of him.  To them, he was a strange and terrifying creature.  If only he could find a way to let them know he was trying to help them.  If only he could speak their language, and tell them not to be afraid.  If only he could be a bird……

     

    And then, he heard the peal of bells, their glad message of Christmas flying above the howls of the wind.  And he sank to his knees in the snow.

     

    The Son of God became like us.  Jesus Christ left the glories of Heaven to become a man who would die on a cruel cross to pay the penalty of our sins.  He is the way to God.  

     

    Today, thank God that Jesus became like us to show us the way to God!  That is the message of Christmas!

     

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

     

  • Christmas Lights

    For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7

     

     

    It was the most beautifully lighted house in the neighborhood at Christmas time that year.  Every evening in December, neighbors enjoyed the thousands of multi-colored twinkling lights that greeted them as they drove past on their way home.    

     

    After Christmas and into January the lights came on every evening.  It appeared the homeowner still had the Christmas spirit. 

     

    But the neighbors’ enjoyment of the lights began to wane and even turned into aggravation as the nightly light show lasted all the way through February.  Silent critics complained, “If he’s too lazy to take the lights down, at least he could have the courtesy to leave them off!”   Perhaps a warning from the homeowners’ association would be in order.

     

    But in mid-March, neighbors had a change of heart when they saw a sign in middle of the yard, made visible by the glowing Christmas lights, that read, “Welcome Home, Jimmy!”   A son, who had been off to war, had been expected, and the lights remained on until he was finally home.   

     

    The prophet Isaiah wrote more than 700 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem that God’s Son would be coming.  He was expected.  And a light - a star - welcomed Him as well.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come! 

     

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

     

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