Monday, December 10, 2012

The Perfect Gift

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  (Micah 6:8 NASB)

    Jesus was born in a lowly stable (or cave) with nothing but straw for a bed, but as the Christ child he had everything.  The Bible says that he was perfect in every way and owned the cattle on a thousand hills and the wealth in every mine.  What kind of gift can I get God who has everything?  What could God possible want from us this Christmas?

   Don't you just love it when someone gives you a Christmas wish list?  When you contemplate what to get for someone who seems to have everything -- up pops a list.  Not to be outdone, God has given us a list.  It is found in Micah 6:8.  He desires from us justice, kindness, and humility.  There are two aspects to justice: (1) inward character of right and goodness, (2) outward actions that show it.  Love or kindness involves our willingness to show mercy to others.  Both justice and love are connected and operate together.  See Psalm 89:14; Deuteronomy 10:18, and Zechariah 7:8-10.  Humility involves submission and honor. This is our ultimate purpose in life.

   Are you willing to give God these perfect gifts?  They must be genuine and useful.  God will be looking to see them practiced in your thought life, family life, work life, and friendships.   




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