Although I immensely enjoy giving and receiving material gifts, as Christmas rapidly approaches I must remember the biggest gift I have ever received: Eternal Life. As much as I love my wife and children and the rest of my family and friends, nothing can compare to the love I have for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; or for the love He has for me, and everyone else.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ, I am reminded of what being a Christian is all about and how it relates to the season we are celebrating. Acts 11:26 states, And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Christians are those who believe both inwardly and outwardly that the birth, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus is a gift from God that allows us access to God's forgiveness of sin and an eternal life through Him. We have accepted this gift through our faith and we seek to live a life of obedience and thankfulness for what God has done for us.
Our Christianity is both private and public through our inward belief and outward confession. After we have received forgiveness for our sins and the gift of Eternal life through Jesus, we can now live our new lives for Him and through Him. We are forever connected to the family of God and all that it entails.
As you celebrate the Christmas season,remember what it's all about. And pray to God and thank Him for your Biggest gift and reflect on what it means to and for you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.