Experiencing LIFE Today - Dec. 17, 2012

God’s Christmas gifts for you

To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year.”– E. B. White

I’m sure you’re heading down the Christmas gauntlet this week: Last-minute gift wrapping, trying to find that pan you cook the ham in, trying to keep the brittle tree needles from going up in a flash of smoke, finishing up angel wings made of coat hangers and pantyhose for the school play.

Hey, if you’re struggling with the tension between the secular and sacred aspects of the holidays, or if you’re ready to just have the whole thing over, breathe easy. There’s nothing special about the 25th of December, anyway.

Jesus was actually probably born in the springtime so the 25th of December is really an arbitrary date. But still, having a special holiday to remember the day God sent His only begotten Son into the world is fine by me. But the gifts of Christmas are not a one-day event. The amazing gifts Jesus brings are available 24/7/365.

“Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”– Acts 2:38

This might be a bit awkward, but try to think of the Holy Spirit as the Christian'strue Santa Claus. The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside you, and He brings this HUGE bag on His shoulders full of spiritual blessings.

In Christ, the Holy Spirit gives you holiness, righteousness, and wisdom. He offers you this huge bowl full of spiritual fruit that includes love, joy, peace, patience, etc. – all the stuff that you really truly want. The Holy Spirit even has a list of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 that He gives to you at His discretion: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, and more.

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.– 1 Corinthians 12:11

Today and every day, may your heart be open to receiving these incredible gifts that He gives!

Holy Spirit, thanks for the packages, and the lights, and the music in the pageants, and the kids, and everything. But mostly, today, I thank You for You. Thank You that You are in me, that You continually lavish Your gifts upon me. Amen.

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