“. . . resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” -Colossians 2:2b-3 NASB
Reading this verse, I thought of the Magi and the gifts that they brought baby Jesus. Did they realize the gift that this child was Himself? Did they know that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden in Him? They brought gifts for the gift-bearer. I find that interestingly ironic.
I could go deeper into this subject and perhaps I will another time. The point I want to make here is that every gift we’ve ever received or given pales in comparison to the gifts we receive when Jesus Christ is our “Reason for the season”. “ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are in Him and we have access to Him! Think about that for a minute . . . . . . . did you let it sink in?
I don’t know about you, but running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to make sure everything is perfect, doesn’t seem very wise. We’re celebrating a birth that may have been perfect, but it was humble – and probably pretty dirty. We’re talking about a stable. It’s not about perfection, or fancy, or impressive. It’s about love and humility, and being thankful for an extraordinary gift bearing even more gifts. It’s gifts upon gifts with Jesus.
I’m preaching to the choir here folks! I’m as guilty as anyone of getting caught up in the hoopla. I just love it all so much! It’s so pretty! Enjoying it is great. Getting stressed out over it all – not so much. When I feel my blood pressure rising I know it’s time to take a step back and refocus. The only gift that really matters is love. The kind of love that God showed us when He sent His only son, in the form of a babe, bringing the gift of eternal life and so much more! What a generous God we serve!
Wishing you a Christmas overflowing with love!