Why do we give gifts to everybody BUT Jesus on His birthday?
Since becoming a believer, I have really been struggling with how to celebrate Christmas in a way that honors God. When our kids are constantly adding toys to their Christmas list and can’t wait to open their presents, we’ve got a problem. Christmas has become idolatry in the form of materialism, greed, and excess. Is that really what I want to pass on to my children? Is that how I want to worship God? Most importantly, is that how He wants us to worship Him?
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ -Matthew 25:40
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart.
Those lyrics are from the beautiful hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which inspired the title of this advent activity. This year, we are going to give Jesus a gift everyday to celebrate His birthday. We will worship the way He wants us to, in spirit and truth.