What is one thing that you want each year for your birthday? I'm not talking about a present. What is the one thing that every little girl wants for her birthday? To be treated like a princess, right? No matter how old we are, we still use the fact that it’s our birthday as an excuse to expect our friends and family to do what we want, go where we want, and treat us as if we are important. Face it – on our birthdays, the whole day is all about us.
The other day I was wondering about what ways that we could celebrate Jesus’ birthday besides giving him thanks and putting up the nativity scene. I mean, you can’t give him tangible items. He doesn’t care about those. They have no value to Him. So, what does he want? Well, when it’s our birthdays, we want everyone around us to do what we want. So why don’t we do what God wants this Christmas? No, scratch that. Why don’t we do what he wants all year round? It’s the season of our Savior’s birthday. We should serve him instead of worrying about which presents we receive or don't receive.
If Jesus was still a human on earth, imagine how many gifts he would receive on his birthday! I’m sure that his birthday party would be huge. Why wouldn’t it? He’s Jesus – the Savior of the World! However, there’s no need to go out and buy him expensive items. He’s worth way more than any item we could possibly spend money to buy.
Look for ways to serve Jesus the remainder of this month. Spend more time with him than usual. Show love to the less fortunate. Treat others as you want to be treated. Surrender your entire life to him. Put him first in everything you do - a very inexpensive gift, but one of much value.
No, he doesn’t just deserve the song “Happy Birthday, Jesus” – he deserves your whole heart. That’s His only birthday wish this year.
PS- I will be on a blogging break starting tomorrow until the first Monday in January. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!