Tuesday, December 22, 2015

what will you bring to Jesus?


Christmas is a special time.  This is the week before Christmas, and I put before us a question.  WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO JESUS?

Many people have asked and answered this question in the past.  It is important for us to note, especially as Christians, that Christmas is really an attitude and an all year question or response.

What will you bring to Jesus?  Will it be leftovers or something that means something to you?  That is a big deal for too many people leave faith for the bad times or as an after thought, yet God made us and our salvation a priority.  His love flowed.

I challenge us to give to God and live for God in a way that costs us something.  In the Old Testament it was said like this:

However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

King David was offered the opportunity to give God offerings that he paid nothing for.  David understood something that so many others have dealt with.  The things we pay nothing for, the things we have no credit in are often far to easy to give.

Think about it another way.  If worship and serving God is just an add on or extra, then something is big time wrong.  If we only spend time with God when it is convenient, then we are not worshipping God as much and as passionately as we can.

He was adamant that he would not offer anything to God that was worthless or empty.  He would only off what cost him something.  What will bring to Jesus?

The wise men are the ones that we see bringing Jesus’ gift, but really everyone in the Christmas story brought gifts (see Matthew 2:1-12 for these gifts).  The incredible story of our Savior and Lord’s birth leads us to think about the start of the world, the need of the world and the implications on the world of His birth, life, death and His resurrected life.  Who is this Jesus?  Why did He come?  Was it to add to the story or complicate our lives?

He came to serve and to give His life.  He is the foundation…

Isaiah 28:16  NASB
Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

In response to what God has given us (a firm foundation) we must worship God with all of who we are and with all we have.  He deserves the best and the most.

Matthew 6:33  NASB
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Isaiah 55:6  NASB
Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.

James 4:8  NASB
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Our time this Christmas week can be spent worthless on self or on what doesn’t matter, or we can use this week to point ourselves and others to God.  He is worthy of our worship and worthy of costly praise.

What will you bring to Jesus this Christmas season?

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