“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
The company I work for has an AMAZING Christmas party every year for its employees. The doctors seriously go above and beyond to give us the best experience…from where it’s held, to the food and drinks served, to the entertainment, even to the gifts (or prizes) given.
2011 was no exception.
There were over 130 prizes available ranging from big screen tv’s and the latest electronics, to $25 gift cards and everything in between!! Granted, there are several hundred employees, so the chances (although not bad odds) are pretty slim in getting the prize you really want. Especially for those of us who don’t win anything.
Not even for a free Pepsi in those twist off cap games, or a stinkin’ pie in the McDonald’s monopoly game, or even the highest % off coupon at Kohl’s. What is that?!!
In anticipation of the party that year employees were given a glimpse to what might be available for prizes and the one thing I saw, just like the year before, that I really wanted was an Apple iPad. I absolutely do not need one and there was no way we would EVER spend the money or even be able to afford one ourselves. So I continued to pray each year that if it be in God’s will, He would allow me to win.
For the 2010 Christmas party, I asked my Mom to pray and her response was “No, you don’t pray like that.” But the more I bugged her about it, she finally gave in and said…“well, maybe a little prayer.”
I didn’t win.
Then for the 2011 party I asked her to pray again and she said… “I think we tried this last year and you didn’t get any of the big prizes. So, probably not supposed to pray for good Christmas presents. I suggest we just keep the fingers and toes crossed this year.”
The only thing that entered my mind at that moment was the truth from the Bible that says we are to pray specifically…
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
Now, I know this does not mean that God gives us everything we ask for. In fact the Bible warns us to be aware of our hearts and motives…
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3
But I also know that my God wants to bless us abundantly. He takes great joy in and loves to see us excited, delighted, and overwhelmed by Him.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
So I continued to pray and ask for something frivolous and unnecessary, because my God is great and loving like that.
If it’s part of His ultimate plan, God will give us the desires of our heart…
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
and He longs to thrill us by providing even more than we thought possible…
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” Ephesians 3:20
So… how did my Christmas party turn out that year, you ask??
Well, guess what I won?!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. ” John 14:12-15
God loves you this much…
I have a confession to make.
I can not keep a secret. Seriously, it is pure torture!!
I just helped my parents order gifts for the kids for Christmas. Gifts that the kids will absolutely go ga-ga over! These are THE GIFTS; the ones they continue hinting at, the ones they’ve been talking about for months, the ones they never dreamed they’d get, never thought they’d see, never imagined they’d hold…
I am having such a hard keeping it secret!! I am so darn excited, I’m just bursting!!
I want to talk about it, I want to share it, I want to tell someone, ANYONE…
But there is a secret that I have been known to keep. The best secret. The one I should share but I zip my lips, I hold my tongue.
The Good News of Jesus Christ.
Why am I not bursting at the seams over what Christ did for me?
Why aren’t I just as excited to tell someone… ANYONE… about God’s saving grace that I can’t keep quiet?
Why aren’t I?
God offers us an amazing gift. A gift that we will go ga-ga over. A gift that we always long for, hint at, the one that we can’t stop thinking about. A gift that we all desperately want but think we will never get.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:8
“…THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13
We can have a burden for the lost; an excitement to share the change and promises God has made in and given to us, but we must ask for it.
It is very easy to grow cold in our longing to share what Christ did. The evil one makes sure of that. He certainly does not want us sharing our faith and changing hearts, so he plants seeds of doubt and fear in us to turn us from sharing the hope of Christ with others.
Ignore those whispers!
Don’t let the evil one steal God’s thunder! Pray for courage, pray for a burden and let God work.
Heavenly Father, your Word promises that You are always with me. Give me a burden for those who don’t know you, the boldness to approach them and the words to say. Please prepare hearts and guide my steps. Oh God I praise You for the change You’ve made in me, please fill me with a desire for the lost and allow me to share You with them.
Whenever I am asked that question, my answer is always Little Drummer Boy.
Even as a kid I loved that song, and it always seemed like I was one of the few who chose it. I even remember people asking me why I liked it so much, and I never really had an answer. I guess I liked how the songwriter incorporated the pa-rum-pum-pum-pum throughout the song…but otherwise I just didn’t know.
Today I heard the song again, and today God brought out the words;
“…then He smiled at me.”
That’s it! That’s exactly why I like it, and yet that’s exactly what I didn’t understand so many years ago…that relationship.
Jesus doesn’t want gifts, He wants our heart.
The little drummer boy literally gave Jesus all he had. His heart when he played his drum and Jesus accepted it with a smile.
Oh, to have Jesus smile when I meet him face to face as we all will one day. To hear him say;
“Well done, good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21
Man, I wish I had a drum.
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