Do you have a gift to give to Jesus this Christmas? The wonderful tradition of giving gifts to our family and friends at Christmas can bless us and give us joy. What will you and your family give to Jesus this year?
Here is an abbreviated short story by C. Lindell about his experience with a special little child and a nativity scene many years ago…
A Special Christmas Gift For Jesus
The Pastor arrived early on Christmas morning to make sure everything was ready for the Christmas service. He checked the aisles to make sure everything was just so. As he paused beside the life-sized nativity scene to say a quick prayer, he noticed the baby Jesus figurine was missing!
He looked everywhere, but couldn’t find it. He called the custodian and a few other church workers, but nobody had any idea where the baby Jesus was. Exasperated, he came to the sad conclusion that the figurine must have been stolen.
The Pastor went for a walk around the neighborhood, and he saw a six-year-old church member named Tommy pulling a brand new red wagon. The Pastor thought, “Tommy’s family has trouble making ends meet; his new wagon must have been a real financial sacrifice for them.”
As the Pastor caught up to Tommy, he noticed the wagon wasn’t empty – it carried the church’s nativity figurine of Jesus! As the Pastor bent down to ask Tommy what he was doing, the boy stated:
“Pastor, I’ve been praying all year, asking Jesus to give me a red wagon for Christmas. I promised Him that if I got one I’d give Him the first ride!” Tommy had learned the importance of Christmas – to put Jesus first. Tommy remembered the One who answered his prayer. As he ended his walk around the block, Tommy carefully put Jesus back in His manger in the church’s nativity scene.
Today is a great time to decide what special gift you will give to Jesus this Christmas!
3 Small Gifts To Begin Again With Jesus
- Build your relationship with Jesus by spending more time with Him. Pray and Read His Word.
- Bless others with your kindness, encouraging words and smile of peace. Seek a new mentoring relationship with another Christian.
- Bloom wherever God has planted you with joy and trust Him with the outcome.
“In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:6
“The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.” Robert Flatt
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens