Imagine a scenario where a big party was gathering at your house, in honor of your birthday. But rather than a giant cake with candles accompanied by a stack of beautifully wrapped gifts with your name on them, everyone in the party begin exchanging gifts among themselves?

You might say “that’s absurd.” But that possibly sums up the experience Christ has each Christmas. And if that were not bad enough, many want to change the name of the celebration, leaving out the word “Christ” in order to not be insensitive.

You might ask, “Well how can one give a gift to Jesus on his birthday? The truth is, an appropriate and acceptable gift to Him is lightyears away from the ideal gift we might give to others or receive for ourselves.

Let me offer a “shopping list” of gifts for Jesus.

1. Do something kind for someone - someone you don’t know — as a gift to Him. “... inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40.

2. Give Him your time. Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God. . .” Find a place of solitude, and spend it talking to him - praising Him, meditating on Him and giving Him the opportunity to speak to you.

3. Spend a lot of time with others who love Him. Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another. . .” When you are a regular attendee in God’s House, you are opening yourself up to opportunities to bless and encourage others in the faith. Jesus really does like that.

4. Give Him your heart of humility. David said in Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” The word for “despise” means to “ignore.” In no way will Christ disregard your genuinely humbled, and broken spirit.

5. Give Him your family. Joshua declared in Joshua 24:15, "but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Husbands and fathers, you who are the head of your household, do not only just give yourself to the Lord, but lead and inspire your family to do the same.

6. Give Him an offering. How can you do that? Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat (provisions) in my house.” His “house” is the household of faith —the New Testament church. It’s not that he needs your money — but you need the experience of giving it — and he promises to “open the windows of heaven” to you when you give sacrificially and cheerfully to Him.

Most of these gifts are not tangible and can’t be wrapped and placed under a Christmas tree, but they are the greatest gifts you can give to anyone at Christmas time.

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Paul Gauntt currently serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Palmer.