Christmas is such a wonderful time of giving but do we ever give anything to the One we are celebrating? We all know the wise men brought gifts to Jesus after His birth; shouldn’t we, too, as we celebrate His birthday?
“They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
Here’s a short video with how we did this last year:
Here are some ideas, verses and questions to help you find something to give to Jesus this year for His birthday.
“Make vows to the Lord your God, and keep them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.” Psalms 76:11
Some things to consider:
- What is an area of struggle for you right now?
- What can you not quit?
- What can you not let go of?
- What are you trying to control?
- What is keeping you from intimacy with God?
- What does He need to change in you?
Last year I gave Jesus my voice. Because I needed Him to change it, make it new, make it kind, compassionate and loving in the hard moments of parenting- and really life in general. I needed Him to help me with my tone of voice and how it comes across. And He did. I’m no where near perfect but He helped me all year with this. So grateful!
What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? Psalms 116:12
- Your heart. All of it.
- Your life, if you haven’t yet made Jesus your Savior
- Your marriage
- Your children
- Your infertility
- Your job situation
- Your bad habit (s)
- Your addiction
- Your time
- Your diet
- Your phone (seriously considering this one myself!)
- 10% of your monthly income
- Your future
- Your finances
- Your material possessions
- Your fears
- Your voice
- Your first 30 minutes of the day
- Prayer time
- Your priorities
Looking through this list, a lot of it is what the Lord wants from us, but giving Him something specific for His birthday and really surrendering it to Him consciously in 2020, is a start in the right direction. Much of following/choosing Jesus is a learned behavior, only done with the Spirit’s help. And help us He will!
My prayer for all of us as we give to Jesus this year is that we Proverbs16:3 – “Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.”
If you and your family start this tradition, I’d love to hear from you on how it went and what you are giving.
Thanks, friends and Merry Christmas!
Love Always, Sarah