Are you caught between the shipping deadline for online sales and the mad dash at your local department store on the busiest shopping weekend of the year to complete your Christmas list?Wouldn’t it be nice if there were one “perfect” gift for everyone? That certainly would simplify matters. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone gave you the perfect Christmas gift?“A perfect Christmas gift for everyone, that’s impossible!” you say.
“That perfect gift for my teenage son would be useless to my great-uncle Harry. Furthermore, he would be scratching his head until next Christmas just trying to decide what on earth it was for.
“That perfect gift I bought for cousin Suzie most certainly would wind up on mom’s ‘white elephant’ shelf.
“That perfect gift – a Persian kitten– that I bought for my daughter would be unwelcome in the home of most of my friends.”
All this may be true but, believe it or not, there is one gift that is perfect for everyone and, the best part of all, you don’t have to run to the mall or pay expedited shipping to receive it.
With this gift you can do bold things without fear – things you cannot possibly imagine! No journey will be too long, no task too difficult.
This perfect gift comes with two bonus gifts.
I must warn you, however, that there are a number of counterfeits on the market, and, despite their appeal, they will do you no good at all. In fact, they will cost you more than you can possibly imagine, so BEWARE!
The search for this perfect gift is as old as time. Ponce de Leon was searching for something similar when he staked a claim for Spain in Florida. Cosmetic companies have tried to put it in a jar. Pharmaceutical companies have tried to put it in a bottle.
No, it is not eternal youth. It’s much better than that. It is eternal life.
It is the miracle that this holiday is about – a miracle that came to earth in the form of a tiny baby more than 2,000 years ago.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. God loved us so much that He sent his only son to live among man for 33 years. He lived a perfect life to show us the way, and then he willingly shed his blood and suffered a horrible death on the cross to pay the price for our sins so that we might live forever!
Yes, the price for your perfect gift has been paid in full, but there are two things you must do before you can receive it:
First, you must accept the fact that your sins have been forgiven and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Jesus tells us in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” When you examine the evidence presented in the Bible, backed up by history and archeological findings, you will find that this is not a hard thing to do.
The second part is much more difficult, and it is what keeps most people from unwrapping this perfect gift: You must be willing to die to self and let the resurrected Christ come in and live through you with the help of the Holy Spirit. In other words, you must be willing to exchange your will for God’s will.
Don’t worry. This is not as hard as it may seem. Matthew 11:30 says, “For My yoke is easy and my load is light.” Furthermore, when you seek God’s will for your life, you will find that all the power of heaven is available to help you do it.
God didn’t “empty himself,” as it says in Philippians 2:7, and come here to earth to die for your sins just to spoil your fun. John 10:10 says, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.”
What about those bonus gifts I mentioned earlier?
They are the “peace” and “joy” that we hear so much about this time of year – a joy that goes beyond momentary happiness and doesn’t depend on circumstance, and the peace that passes all understanding.
Don’t let another Christmas go by without accepting and unwrapping this most perfect gift!