Making My List, Checking It Twice

17 12 2011

Checking His List

Yes, it’s that time of the year! It’s time to give and receive gifts.The biggest view to our heart is who will be left off of our gift/card-giving list, more than whose on the list. You see, God knows the (true) intentions of our heart. HE knows the very number of the hairs on our head (or the lack thereof). Luke 12:7 and Matthew 10:30

Are we naughty or nice? Are we genuine or superficial and self-serving in our gift-giving? Don’t fear the one who could exclude you from their list, but “fear Him who has the power to send your soul to hell.” Luke 12:5 and Matthew 10:28

One part of the Saint Nicholas story that is all but forgotten today is the fact, Saint Nick:

  • Gifted anonymously.
  • Gifted the least of these among us: Children, orphans, widows, the poor, the sick and the forgotten elderly.
  • Gifted those who could not gift him in return: No strings attached.
Check your list again; whose not there? There was a person who wanted to buy his way into the power of Christ and offered money instead of a repentant heart. The Apostle Peter replied, “Your money perishes with you…” Acts 8:20

The best gift: Give the gift of a humble and repentant heart to the One we celebrate. Jesus came and gave us the gift of eternal life by paying with His own life. Receive His gift today.  Prayer: Lord Jesus; forgive my sins, come into my heart and be Lord of my life.” Amen†  Be Blessed!

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