Cherie Fresonke


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What’s your gift to Jesus this Christmas? So many times we run around and stress over what gift to give others for Christmas, yet we forget to even consider the One whom the celebration is all about.

When looking at the Christmas story we can discover the wonderful gifts that so many had to offer to Him. Mary offered her gift of belief when she said to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant . . . . May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). Joseph offered the gift of trust and obedience “When [he] woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife (Matthew 1:24). The angels and heavenly host offered the gift of praise as we read “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14). The shepherds offered the gift of evangelism when “They spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child” (Luke 2:17).

And as the Scriptures go onto tell us, the Wise Men offered material gifts as they came to worshiped Him (see Matthew 2:1-12), Simeon offered him the gift of waiting expectantly for what the Holy Spirit had promised (see Luke 2:25-36) and Anna the prophetess offered her gift of fasting and prayer as she worshiped in the temple day and night (see Luke 2:36-38).

What’s your gift to Jesus this Christmas? Is it to believe like Mary, or to trust and obey like Joseph? Is it to praise the Lord aloud like the angels did? Or to spread the good news like the shepherds proclaimed? Is it to worship Him and give Him some type of material gift like the Wise Men gave? Is it to wait expectantly for whatever promise the Lord has placed upon your heart like Simeon did? Or is it to fast and pray and worship the Lord, with your whole life, like Anna the prophetess achieved?

My gift to Him this holiday season was a yearlong labor of love in the writing and revision of the Go in Peace Biblical Discipleship Curriculum. I literally began the rewrite the beginning of January and completed it just in time for His birthday gift! And someone, of whom has chosen to remain anonymous, offered a financial gift to Him which made the printing possible! And as an extra last minute gift I am going to be obedient to enter a writer’s contest that He has put on my heart to enter. Something I wouldn’t do, if I didn’t feel that this is truly His desire.

So what’s your gift to Him this season? If you ask Him, He will be faithful to tell you what He would like from you. I’m looking forward to your comments and can’t wait to hear what your gift is. Please share with us what you are giving Him—it’s not a surprise—He already knows!

P.S. If you haven’t thought about this before or you don’t know what to give Him, Calvary Chapel Murrieta has put together a Christmas Gift Catalog—Gifts for Eternity—that you could take part in if you are so led. Click here to brows  and ask the Lord if He would like any of these gifts from you this Christmas. (While your at it–don’t miss clicking on the “Truth and Hope” button found on the lefthand side of Calvary Murrieta’s screen to see what gift would bless Bulgaria.)

Oh, and as an added surprise, the gift wrapped package in the picture contains one complete set of the Go in Peace Biblical Discipleship Curriculum which will have a place of honor under our Christmas tree until the day after Christmas. It will then be mailed as a gift to someone the Lord has put upon my heart. Watch the mail–it could be for you! Merry Christmas!

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