One of the first questions I hear after Christmas is, “what did you get for Christmas”?  For Christians, that’s perhaps an excellent question.  What DID you get for Christmas?

Sometimes I hear the statement that at Christmas, the emphasis should be on giving and not on getting.  That may be true if we are thinking of material gifts. But, I want to look at it from a different aspect.

Actually, Christmas is a time for receiving.  Let’s remember that when God sent Jesus to the world, He sent us the very best gift of all. He gifted us with a Savior because we could not save ourselves! The Bible tells that our “righteousness” is like “filthy rags”. We cannot save ourselves.  God loves us so much that He gave us His Only Son as our Salvation.

We are like the “Little Drummer Boy”; we don’t have a gift to bring to Jesus.  We only have ourselves to offer Him.  The beginning of a new year is a good time to renew our devotion to Jesus.  We can present our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him, recognizing all that He has done for us.  His birth, death and resurrection are more than a gift.  They are sacrifice given that we might have eternal life. 

And, God keeps giving us His love daily.  He is always with us in good times and in our struggles and trials.  Truly, His gift is all we need.

     When I am burdened, or weary and sad,

      Jesus is all I need. 

      Never He fails to uplift and make glad,

      Jesus is all I need.

      All that I need He will always be,

      All that I need till His face I see,

     All that I need thro’ eternity.

     Jesus is all I need.