“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11 (NLT)
Growing up my parents made sure the celebration of my birthday was special. We had a party, and I got to choose what kind of birthday cake I wanted (usually strawberry with pink icing), pick my favorite meal for dinner, and open my presents. I still remember the year I requested as a present those little cartons of yogurt, believe it or not! I guess being in a family of six I was never able to get my fill, so that birthday had some all to myself!
For some reason (my blonde hair?) it didn’t really dawn on me until later in life that Christmas day was actually the day of Jesus’ birthday party. Pumpkin and apple pie was a strange request for a birthday cake in my mind! But once it dawned on me, I started a little tradition. Each year I would think about and then decide on what I was going to give Jesus for His birthday present. Since I couldn’t give Him cartons of yogurt, which He probably wouldn’t want anyways, it has been much different things. One year I prayed about it and knew that I needed to give Him complete access to my heart, because He was asking to do a healing work in me. Not an easy thing to give Him; I was definitely afraid to do it because of not wanting to go through anything painful, but I knew I could trust Him and there would be good that came of it. Another year I gave Him more of my time. We all know how busy life gets, and since He’s not one to impose on us because of having given us a free-will, I knew I had to make an intentional choice to spend some time with Him.
This year I’m praying again about what to give Jesus for His birthday, and I’m inviting you to join me. What present are you going to give Jesus for His birthday this year? Ask Him what He’d like from you; spend some time listening for His answer. I know He’ll make it clear to you, and then you’ll know the blessing that comes in giving it to Him.
(Instead of our Daily “Quick Bites” this week, I encourage you to spend the time with Jesus, asking what He would like you to give Him for His birthday. Then once you’ve given it, ask Him to show you any next steps He may have for you. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!)