BY JEFF DAUGHERTY
As I sit down to write the devotional for this week, I keep drawing a blank. So, I am just writing with the hope that God will direct my path. Like the shepherds that were told of the new King by the Angel in Luke 2:8-13. Or the wise men who followed a star to the new King (Matthew 1:9-12). I continue to pray that God will direct my path. I admit that a heavenly host of Angels telling me which way to head would be helpful. Truth be told I know what I need to do. I have been called to Jesus, I just need to take that first step and go. But if I were there at that moment in Bethlehem, would He call me to go and follow the star? Would I be compelled to go and see the newborn King? As I listen to the Little Drummer Boy and start to think that I also have no gift to bring. I wonder if I am worthy of the great gift that He has given me.
That is when it hits me. The shepherds were not asked to bring gifts. They were simply told to go. We too have been called. But I was always taught that it was rude to show up without a gift. So now I am back to gifts again. So, what gift do I have that is worthy of a king? To the king who was born in a manger so many years ago, I bring a gift. I bring the greatest gift I possess. I give myself. Everything that I am, everything that I have, and everything that I ever will be, I give.
I do not have much. But what I do have, I give. You see, Christmas is not about gifts and decorations. It is about our receiving the greatest gift we could ever receive. He loved us and sent us His son. Christmas is about sharing that gift with those we love. And I share it with you.