It is four days after Christmas; and the focus is still on the gifts.
Four days after Christmas, where are your gifts from this holiday season? Depending on how hectic your holiday may have been, some of those gifts are probably:
- Still in the box; with the wrapping paper they were received in… still on.
- Never going to see the light of day.
- On the way to being returned.
- Actually being used
Wherever your gifts are, we can’t dismiss that the main focus of the Christmas season has become all about the gifts. The ones you received and the ones that slipped through the cracks and were not received; however, you will be able to pick them up yourself with the gift cards you were given!!!!
In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus reminds us not to live a life dominated by materialism:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
We can live lives not dominated by materialism when we take the gifts that God has given us and use them to help his people in support of the Great Commission, as outlined in Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Here is what we can do with the gifts that God has given us:
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22
Prayer is the lifeline that keeps us in touch with God and provides an intercession where we can ask God’s help for others.
For the next 30 days let’s give the gift of prayer to others. Find 3 people and pray for them daily, you will be amazed by the difference it will make in both of your lives.
There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of the Scripture is God- showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:16 (The Message)
Give yourself the gift of scripture by becoming a daily reader of the Word. If you are a daily reader of the Word for the next 30 days look for opportunities to share it with people in your life. If you are not a daily reader of word, now is a great time become one.
Bible Gateway.com has a variety of devotionals to get you started on a daily reading plan for giving yourself the daily gift of reading God’s word.
Encourage one another and build one another up.
1st Thessalonians 5:11
Praise is the action, the demonstration, the essence of telling God and the entire world of His goodness, His might, His love and so much more.
In the quick to criticize world, we fail to utilize God’s gift of praise for his greatest creation….the human race. For the next 30 days let’s do all we can to praise each other. We can do that by:
- Praising Sincerely, Freely and Often
In our lives look for opportunities to be:
- Gracious to even the strangers in our lives
- Kind to those who give us service
- And generous in spirit to everyone in our lives.
2. Saying Thank You
O’ Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good Psalm 107:1
“Thank You” a simple expression with the power to empower, to transform and to make the giver of the “Thank You” and the receiver of the phrase feel like they are on the top of the world.
Therefore, for the next 30 days the challenge is to use the power of “Thank You”; by using the phrase to sincerely express our gratitude to the people in our lives.
3. Write Our Phrase
“Write the vision; make it plain…. Habakkuk 2:2
Without question praise is one of the most powerful communications we can do. While praise is effective when it is given verbally; praise is dramatically more effective when written.
Written praise from God’s people is making the vision plain. It is the encouragement we all need to act and live in God’s will.
So in these next 30 days our challenge is to get into the habit of sending written praise. It can be in the form of:
- A Card
- A Letter
- Or a Text Message
It is 4 Days after Christmas and how is your relationship with God? If you died today, are you certain that you can receive God’s gift of everlasting life?
If you have any doubt, or even if you are secure in your faith, join with me in this prayer.
Lord I know that I am a sinner.
And, I thank you for sending your son Jesus who died on the cross for me.
I believe that you are Lord and I ask that you forgive me of my sins.
Lord, come into my heart today, change me, clean me up and make me new.
So that I can live for you and do your will.
And it is in Jesus name I pray – Amen
If this is the first time you have prayed this prayer, know now that you are saved.
For as Roman 10:9 tells us “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
If you are saved, but have fallen out of a right relationship with God.
Please know that when you prayed that prayer all is forgiven and you can receive and give His gifts again.
It is four days after Christmas and where are the gifts? They can be yours if you make the decision to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │
Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20