A Christmas Devotional
Extravagant love gives.
The Bible speaks of God’s extravagant love for us. It tells us that “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” No love can exceed the love of One willing to sacrifice His own Son.
The Son then affirmed the extravagant love of the Father when He said, “Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends”.
Once understanding and appreciating God’s extravagant love for us. Our response is to love and give back to Him. Indeed, “We love because He first loved us”.
On that very first Christmas, God’s gift of love was on display and so was love’s response. Extravagant love gives and the one who receives that love will also give.
There came from a distant land, the Wise Men Three, Magi from the East… proud princes of the intellect… using their mind and knowledge to find a babe who was born in a manger.
The road to Bethlehem was a lonely road, a road less traveled. It was dreary, difficult and dangerous. Yet they persisted. The hope of finding extravagant love will cause people to do extraordinary things and make exceptional choices.
And so they traveled.
Once they discovered the extravagant love of the Father in the form of an infant, they responded in the only way they knew how… they fell down and worshipped, offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Giving to God… an incredible yet normal act of worship. Giving to God… a reflection of the heart at the very heart of worship. He gave, so we give.
And so, the Magi, Wise Men from the east, had the wisdom to kneel down before the Christ Child and worshipping Him with the very first Christmas offering.
I was once told by a friend that we should never come to worship God empty-handed. If that is true, what do you bring when you come to worship the One born in a manger?
Something to think about…