By Jill Briscoe
Many of God’s people throughout time thought about God’s special gift of a redeemer, and offered their own gifts in thankful response. These gifts are not boxes decorated with tinsel, silver bells, but unique contributions to the tremendous story of God’s special gift.
Mary offered the gift of her body. She whispered, “I am the Lord’s servant; may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) She believed the anointed One must come and soon, and by her holy character made ready to acknowledge her Messiah and yield her allegiance to him. God couldn’t have a Christmas without a Mary. He needed more than just a devout person, someone who attended synagogue and said her prayers. The child Christ needed a body to live in!
Christmas is a season for giving. The prophets gave their promises. Elizabeth gave her praise. Mary gave her body. Joseph gave his reputation. The innkeeper gave his stable, the shepherds, their time. And God gave his Son. Tell me, do you see your present there?
What are you giving for Christmas?
Lord, I praise You that I am created with a life to give You. Help me see the opportunities given me each day to give you the gift of my life.