Sunday, December 9, 2012

Present Yourself as a Gift to Christ

This is the time of year we begin to think about the gifts we want to give those we love. A lot of thought goes into getting that special gift that will make people light up and be excited. What if we put that much thought into what we want to give Jesus? Since the reason for the season is the birth of our Savior, how much time do we give to presenting Him with a gift?

Our sermon series this week is about "Being Present". How could we be a "Present" for Christ? Is there a difference between giving Christ a present and being present with Him and for Him? Could it be the very same? Christ wants us to be devoted to Him. He wants us to be present with Him and the Holy Spirit the same way we are present with our friends, our work, or our hobbies. When we are doing something we love to do, we give everything to it; our time, money, focus, and attention. We are fully engaged in our hobbies and/or our work---we are fully present.

Jesus wants us to be His gift; to love Him and others the same way He loves us. Luke 10:27 says "Love the Lord your God with all your heart,  with all our soul, with all our strength and with all your mind, AND Love your neighbor as yourself."

This week think about how to become a present and be present for Christ. What could you do to strengthen your relationship with Him to present yourself as a living sacrifice... a gift to Christ?

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