No one is quite sure how the custom of giving and receiving gifts on the anniversary of Christ’s birth actually began. Some say it was a holdover from a celebration the Romans held at the end of the year to honor Saturn, their harvest god.Some say it came from Saint Nicholas, a kind-hearted Christian bishop who lived around 300 A.D., who is said to have given gold to each of three girls who did not have dowries, so they could get married.
Some say it was from the example of the wise men, who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.
Have you ever thought about what it might be like to actually exchange gifts with Jesus? You can. In fact your gifts are already wrapped and waiting for you.
You can bring your disappointment and exchange it for hope.
You can bring your sorrows and exchange them for joy.
You can bring your frustration and exchange it for grace
You can bring your inadequacy and exchange it for power.
You can bring your impatience and exchange it for forbearance.
You can bring your pride and exchange it for humility.
You can bring your anger and exchange it for understanding.
You can bring your jealousy and exchange it for admiration.
You can bring your weakness and exchange it for strength.
You can bring your fears and exchange them for peace.
Those priceless gifts await each and every one of us. In order to receive them, there are two things you must bring to Him. These two things are not optional. You must bring your sins and exchange them for forgiveness and you must bring your ambition and exchange it for His will for your life.
Have you exchanged gifts with Jesus this Christmas? If not, what are you waiting for? Christ came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. How would you feel if you paid a tremendous price for a special gift for someone you loved, and it was left unopened under the tree?
My prayer this Christmas is that all Jesus’ gifts will be claimed and proclaimed.