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Thursday, December 10, 2009

please open the package, the gift is inside


                                 
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if i was given a gift that was beautifully packaged with ribbons and bows and wrapped so perfectly that i was in awe at how the one who gave it to me could have done such a precise work of perfection,  if i just kept staring at it in amazement, put it on a shelf to admire it everyday, and took it down once a year to celebrate how beautiful it was. but, i never opened it up to see what was inside of the perfectly dazzling package, i would never be able to benefit or enjoy the gift within it. i am sure the person who would have given me the gift would be happy that i enjoyed the package the gift arrived in, but sad that i never opened it up to see what was inside, thinking all along, "please open the package, the gift is inside."

sometimes, i feel as if we do this with the packaged gift of Jesus to the world. God has given us the best gift of all. He is beautifully packaged, a precise work of perfection, with the good news of love, peace, mercy, grace, and truth. but, if we just keep staring at the package in amazement, put it on a shelf to admire it everyday and take it down once a year to celebrate how beautiful it is. but, we never open it up to have the pleasure of  fellowship with God that this beautiful Gift contains within it, we have missed all the pleasure the Gift was intended to bring into our lives.

the gift of Jesus is presented in a beautiful package. but, the gift is not the package. He is a Person inside the package. He is not a Person to put on a shelf but one who is longing to share every moment of every day with us saving us from a life of destruction by leading us into Life everlasting through fellowship with Himself. we have to accept the package to get the gift. but, we have to open it to enjoy and benefit from Him, welcoming His presence into our lives.

i opened my packaged Gift from God many years ago and everyday of my life has been filled with the pleasure of the sweet fellowship that He has brought into my life. i can not imagine my life today if i had only shelved that beautiful package given to me and not listened to the voice of the One who was saying to me, "please open the package, the Gift is inside."




20 comments:

The Real Me! said...

And it's the PERFECT gift to keep regifting!
HUGS
Kim

RCUBEs said...

And this is the Best Gift anyone can have...The Gift that will make you shout and jump for joy. Have a blessed Christmas sister and I'm grateful for that Gift that sparkles in you. Love to you.

amanda said...

i love the post. it's beautifully written. praying there is someone who reads this that opens that gift!!

Andrea said...

We should never keep this gift horded to ourselves...it is a gift to always be passed on..the PERFECT gift...JESUS!
Blessings, hugs, and prayers, andrea

Darcie said...

What a beautiful thought...yes we don't just want to sit in awe of our gift of Jesus. He is a gift that never grows old and continues to give and give.

Jules said...

What an awesome way of putting it. It really makes me think. Thank you.

Kristin said...

That is very true! I was saved as a little girl, always believed, always had faith, always prayed, but it wasn't until I opened that package and really got to know who the Person was inside that my entire life began to change!

He & Me + 3 said...

Awesome way to put it. I am so thankful for that Gift. I just don't understand why some people still won't receive that gift...it is free.

Jenn@Spejory said...

Beautifully written! I am so thankful I am unwrapping this season. I discovered I had been reading every part of the Bible but the four gospels. The Spirit was nudging me to unwrap by immersing myself in the stories of Jesus Himself and then speaking to Him in my quiet time. It's as if I am sitting at His feet and getting to know Him all over again!

Heart2Heart said...

Christy,

I agree 100% with you that this is the gift that you want to open every single day and share with as many people as you can.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Tammy On the Go said...

and what a gift it is!

Tara said...

I am so thankful for that gift and is the only gift I need!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Great Christmas reminder!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Unwrapping the gift of God's Son everyday in this Christmas season. He's been so very precious and tender to me. I adore him!

peace~elaine

E @ Scottsville said...

You're so right!

We've said to our youth so many times.... when is the gift YOURS? "WHEN YOU TAKE IT!"

When you receive, take, open, accept it as your OWN! =0)

Just Be Real said...

What a wonderful gift to receive indeed. Thank you for sharing the promise! Blessings and hugs Christy Rose!

Bridget said...

So true!!

Karen said...

Amen...the One true gift that keeps on giving....

septembermom said...

The only Gift that matters. Thank you Christy!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

Jesus is the Gift and the Gift-giver! There is so much about Him that we can spend eternity unwrapping the Gift of who He is and always be awed by what we find!