Not only are time and thought key components of a great gift, but I bet you’ll agree that the best gifts ever are:
Personal and Deepen Our Relationship—Over the course of years, you probably are like me, you’ve gotten fancy and expensive gifts from people—gifts that are electric and fancy, require directions and set ups, and yet for some reason the gifts that I have saved are the ones that are worth externally nearly nothing—they are the ones that months after Father’s Day still hang on the fridge declaring me the Best Dad—written in crayons and outside of the lines. Or for some of you this is where the coupon book comes in handy—homemade coupon book to give your wife who stays at home with the kids a full day for relaxation, or a day to just read something other than picture books.
Pastor Clifford S. Stewart of Louisville, Kentucky, sent his parents a microwave oven one Christmas. Here’s how he recalls the experience: “They were excited that now they, too, could be a part of the instant generation. When Dad unpacked the microwave and plugged it in, literally within seconds, the microwave transformed two smiles into frown! Even after reading the directions, they couldn’t make it work. “Two days later, my mother was playing bridge with a friend and confessed her inability to get that microwave oven even to boil water. ‘To get this darn thing to work,’ she exclaimed, ‘I really don’t need better directions; I just needed my son to come along with the gift!'” When God gave the gift of salvation, he didn’t send a booklet of complicated instructions for us to figure out; he sent his Son. (Sermon illustrations.com)
Is Jesus a gift that is personal and profound? Does this gift have anything to say into your life today? For a lot of people they aren’t sure Christ matters. Listen to the gift of Christ promised, Isaiah 9:6- For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Each characteristic describing Christ hit home at a need within our lives—1st century or 20th century. Have you ever needed someone to listen to you in your time of struggle, needed someone who is powerful enough to move in the world around us, needed someone who would endure rather than rust with time, have you had times where you needed peace in a world of paralyzed by war, needed to be welcomed home by a loving father? Here is what is even more powerful about Jesus incarnation—where a deepening relationship is great, Jesus redeems our relationship: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—(Ephesians 2:4-8) He takes our dry dead bones and breathes new life—He takes our addictions and provides an avenue of freedom, he throws off the shackles of our control for his contentment.