Ever picked out a gift for someone you really like? Did you know what to get them because you spend so much time with them and know them like you know yourself? Or did you have to really think about it and go back and forth between different options? Did you ask the salesperson what they thought? DId you go over your preferred spending level hoping they would be more inclined to like it? When you gave it to them did you feel confident that this is right this will make their day?
We are in Christmas season folks, the most wonderful time of the year. And can I suggest you think of it just a touch different this year? Think of December 25 as the day you bring Jesus your gift. Yes for birthdays the birthday person gets the gift. What have you gotten Jesus the past few years? stressed out half-hearted thank you that this day is over? Or resentment over the day because of all the money, time and energy it costs you?
Let us change our thinking. Might I suggest we focus on what we can bring to him this year and worry less about the worldly version of his birthday. Let me suggest 5 things Jesus would love for his birthday.
1) Praise, Glory, and Honor-
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Praise the Lord All people on earth praise his Glory and might. 1 Chronicles 16:28
Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift, he gave us in his dear son. Ephesians 1:5
I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23
Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? Matthew 12:25-26
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:13
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ...so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers every part suffers with it; if one part is honored every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8
4) Love one another
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Matthew 5:43
5) Love God
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:29-30
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37-38
I think any or all of those would be gifts that Jesus would be excited to get. And in getting him those gifts we would benefit also. While you can give them to him on his birthday he would be happy to get them any day of the year.