When I was a kid, I used to sit in front of the Christmas tree and just stare at all the gifts. The most special gifts were the ones with my name on it. Whether it was when I believed in Santa, or if I knew it was from a family member, it made me feel so special that someone thought of me and took the time to get me something wonderful.
Do you remember that feeling?
Even now when our family gathers in the living room on Christmas day, usually the kids begin rifling through the gift and calling out people’s names, handing them a gift with his or her name on it. Now instead of seeing, John, it is, Dad, and it still feels the same – it feels like love.
God has given you a gift that is greater than any gift you will receive this Christmas – His Son – and He sent Him just for you.
Many people have a hard time receiving God’s love, yet it is as easy as reaching out your hand to receive a gift from a friend at Christmas.
In fact, God has many gifts for you – the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ, the Word of God, healing, salvation, deliverance, comfort… But you have to unwrap them.
One of the ways I have learned to receive God’s gifts is to put my name on the Bible promises. When I do that, they become mine.
For instance, when we read John 3:16, the most popular verse in the Bible, many see that God loves the world, but not them personally.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
That is why I like to read it like this,
“For God so loved John that he gave his one and only Son…”
I do that to all the promises in the Bible. In fact, for many of the promises I have written my name in the Bible next to the promise.
If you do not personalize the promises you will not own them. And yet they are all yours. They all have your name on them.
When members of the Corinthian church were debating over which spiritual leader was the best – which one brought the best spiritual gifts – Paul told them that no matter who was ministering to them, it was all from God, and everything was a gift from Him.
“Everything is already yours as a gift—Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God.” 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Msg
I want to encourage you to recognize that you have a pile of gifts from God with your name on them, and they are all found in the Bible.
This Christmas, after you have opened your gifts from everyone else, open the Bible and begin unwrapping God’s gifts to you.
Why do you think so many people have a hard time receiving the gift of God’s love for them?
Do you have trouble with this? If so, why do you think that is? Do you realize that God’s love to you is a gift with your name on it?
Will you open His gifts to you this Christmas?