I love watching my kids on Christmas morning. In fact, the older I get, the more I realize that many of the traditions we enjoy in this season are centered around children. As a parent, there’s sheer delight in giving your kids things you know they’ll love, wrapping them up tightly, and seeing their suspense and excitement as they tear into their packages. Even better is the look of wonder on their faces when they behold what’s inside. It’s all part of the blessing of giving good gifts and experiencing the joy that comes through generosity. However, I sometimes wonder what would it be like if our kids never opened their gifts. What if we went shopping, wrapped them up, made them pretty, and put them under the tree only to stare at them? How agonizing would that be for our children and even for us? You see, gifts are made to be unwrapped because only when they’re opened can their true value and benefit be appreciated.
My friend, Jesus is the greatest gift ever given, but you have to unwrap His love. If you’ve never received Him as your Savior and best friend, that’s the first step; but once you’ve become part of His family, there is even more to be revealed. Every day, there are new mercies showered on you, but to realize their benefit, you must seek Him through worship, prayer, study, and quiet reflection. This is the most powerful way of unwrapping the limitless trove of treasure that comprises your eternal inheritance. As you allow His presence to fill your life, you will find new presents around every corner.