Have you ever gone Christmas shopping and had a hard time finding a perfect gift for someone who has everything they could ever want? They are someone special in your life so you want to find that unique gift, that something special, to let them know how much you care. What do you give to the one who has it all?
The One whom I’m thinking of is God. He is the Maker and Creator of all things, has all the riches He could ever need, has the largest house and kingdom anyone could ever imagine, and yet there is something He desires more than anything–YOU.
Why would the One who has it all want anything to do with our undeserving, sinful selves?
Because He loves YOU.
This Christmas as we focus on what the meaning of what Christmas is all about, the birth of Jesus, I’m taken back to one Bible verse that says it all.
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
I am in awe that God could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but He chose to become one of us and DWELL among us. Not to sound funny, but if I were God I would have just stayed in heaven. He doesn’t need us. There is nothing we can offer Him that He doesn’t already have, yet He wants us.
There is something so amazing about the places God dwells. God has made his dwelling place in the light (1 John 1:7), in heaven (Psalms 123:1), in his church (Psalm 9:11), on earth (John 1:14), but his permanent residence where He dwells is within our hearts! (Ephesians 3:17-19).
I still can’t believe He chooses US to be His dwelling place! Something happens when we become God’s dwelling place. He becomes our refuge and our umbrella of protection from the evil one. He becomes our light, our hope, our joy, and freedom.
Psalm 91:9-10 “Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place–the Most High, who is my refuge–no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.”
Maybe you are going through a tough time right now. Maybe this holiday season doesn’t seem very festive because you lost a loved one, your job or aren’t near family. Maybe you received a new diagnosis you’re still processing. Maybe you’ve been distant from God for a long time and don’t know how to get back to Him.Whatever your circumstance God loves you and cares for you very much. If He didn't He would have never came to earth and dwelled among us. Click To Tweet
Every day God invites us into His presence. Whether we enter into His presence or not, a door is opened for us to enter. When we come to Him in prayer we step closer into His presence. When we praise Him in our storms of life and thank Him despite our struggles we step further through the doorway. When we open up God’s Word, we allow an opportunity for His Words to dwell richly in us, to plant seeds and grow within us (Colossians 3:16).
So what do you give the ONE who has it ALL?
Your HEART.God could have anything He every wanted, Lived anywhere he desired, but He chose to live in our hearts. Click To Tweet
Have you given God your heart this Christmas?
What do you give to the One who has it all?
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