Unopened Christmas Gifts
Every Christmas morning kids rip open their presents as quickly as they possibly can. Adults try to play it cool, but the truth is we also get excited about opening our presents. (Birthday presents are another matter).
In our family, we are pretty frugal when it comes to, well, everything. We shop for groceries with a menu and a list, careful to buy only what we think we will consume in a week. We’ve raised our kids on thrift stores, and if we can hit the 50% off day, even better. The kids pay for anything they “want” for themselves, as opposed to need.
Christmas is another matter.
This is the one time a year we don’t worry as much about the cost. We have a budget of course, but it’s fun to be extravagant with our kids at Christmas when we are usually pretty tight during the year. To sneak gifts into the house, find a hiding place for them, wrap them carefully and set them under the tree as early as possible to drive the kids crazy, is fun. We can’t wait to see their faces when they open their gifts, knowing the cost, the deliberation and the time it took to specifically choose each gift for each child.
Imagine the shock, the dismay and the disappointment we would have if our kids decided not to open all their presents. Worse yet, what if they were indifferent to the fact that they were there – waiting to be opened? And the worse of all scenarios, what if they were suspicious of them, or embarrassed by them?
How would we feel? How would you feel?
God has left you many gifts. Have you opened all of them? He has given them to you for a reason, they are helpful. They bring things like peace, power, and joy. Those are good things. These are things each of us wants.
God has told us to eagerly desire and pursue spiritual gifts. Gifts. They are gifts of grace that a loving God has given to us. But sometimes, for different reasons, we are indifferent, skeptical or even suspicious of these gifts. Which isn’t good.
Next year we are planting a church. Deep Rivers Church isn’t going to be shy about talking about these gifts. We’re not going to ignore them like some churches do, and we’re not going to “worship” them like others sometimes do. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be amazing to see what God will do when a people who value God’s Word supremely, also pursue all that God has for them.
If you live far away, please pray for us and keep an eye on what God is doing. Stop by for a visit when you’re on vacation to visit Hersheypark, Gettysburg, or Washington D.C.
But if you live locally, ask yourself these three questions:
1.) Do you ever wonder if there is more to the Christian life than you are currently experiencing?
2.) Do you really live out of your identity as God’s loved son/daughter, or do you consistently wrestle fears, lies, and regrets?
3.) Do you pray with authority, or do you feel like an answered prayer is as likely as winning the lottery?
There is more. God speaks. God empowers. We know this from our own personal experience. We hope you join us for this journey. We plan on opening gifts all year long.