What Jesus Wants for Christmas
Christmas is a time of celebration, family get-togethers, shopping, parties, food, and gift-giving. We make lists and check them twice of what we want to give to our family and friends. We think of gifts that would make the special ones in our lives smile and give them the experience of a Christmas that they will remember. Carefully wrapped in beautiful gift-paper, we lay all the presents we have gathered under the Christmas tree, waiting for that beautiful Christmas morning when our loved ones will be excited to have received what was on their wishlists.
Let’s imagine for a moment that Jesus has a Christmas wishlist too. He also has a Christmas tree under which He has already placed His special gifts for us. What do you think is on His wishlist? What do you think He would like to see under His tree?
I think He would like to see more service and less selfishness. Just as He came into the world not to be served, but to serve, He has given us all life so that we may use our energy and creativity to serve others. We may not be able to raise the dead, heal the sick, cause the blind to see, or perform any other kind of miracle, but we can all choose to put away selfishness and egotism, and reach out to help others who are less fortunate or who are unable to help themselves.
I think Jesus would also have on His wishlist that more love would abound in the world. This year of 2013 has been wrought with violence, wars, bombings, homicides, suicides, and an unabated dislike for religious freedom. Many people are hurting on the outside, but most are hurting on the inside. The suffering that exists due to the inconsideration of human life and the disrespect of people’s personal beliefs seeps from a deep place of unfortunate hate. We are all responsible for the choices we make. We can choose hate or we can choose love. When Jesus came into the world, He was the epitome of love. For Christmas, what a gift we could give if we followed His example.
Jesus’ wishlist may also ask that truth be restored to power. In our fickle, weak society where lies often travel faster than truth, Jesus wants us to be ambassadors of all that is good, right, pure, and honest. The world is in desperate need of honesty, a rare gem that lies dormant in the dust of civility and tolerance. Honest hearts, honest minds, and honest spirits will bring much-needed strength and hope to many who are lost and searching for a sure foundation of truth.
Most of all, Jesus wants your heart. Jesus loves you. He wants the gift of your heart so He can come in and give you new life, joy, peace, and an abundance of hope. That is why He came to earth as a baby and died on the cross for the sins of the whole world as a man. He is the Saviour of the world and He longs for the gift of your heart. All Jesus wants for Christmas is you.