Friday, December 13, 2013

A Gift Of Obedience

Children Laugh as They Lay in Wrapping Paper from Christmas Presents by Joel Sartore
Children Laugh as They Lay in Wrapping Paper from Christmas Presents
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching." (John 14:23)
  • There was a family who decided one year to start a tradition of their own at Christmastime.
After all the shiny paper had been ripped off of the new toys, jewelry, and clothes, they would sit down as a family and begin the most important part of the day--sharing with each other what gift they would give to Jesus.
The process of deciding what to offer the Lord began several days before Christmas so that each family member could reflect on the past year and determine what they thought needed to be laid at God's feet.
  • When it came time to reveal their individual gifts to the Lord, they realized all the gifts had one thing in common; whether they offered their time, talents, money, or love, everything was a gift of obedience.
  • This tradition quickly became the most precious part of the season to them.
Christmas Day may be over, but it's not too late to give a gift to Jesus. Take a moment to reflect on your life and ask God of there is something He would have you give over to Him.
  • No matter what you are led to lay down, you will be giving God the gift of your obedience.
Heavenly Father, my gift to You doesn't come wrapped in a bow; it is out of obedience and not out of show.
Turning point by Dr. Jeremiah
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