How do you wrap Christmas presents? Are you one of those who carefully selects just the right paper, wraps the present in a brightly colored bow with just the right amount of plumpness to it, or are you one of those hasty last minute wrappers quickly grabbing the sides of last year’s left over wrapping paper and hoping those sides come close enough to meet that a quickly but strategically placed piece of Scotch tape will keep them from popping open?
How Wrapping Christmas Presents Present the Gift
I have to admit that I am one of those hasty gift wrappers. I tend to rush around trying to do everything and wondering if I am succeeding at anything. I often look at those beautifully wrapped gifts and marvel at the thought and time the gift giver put into the job.
While I know the present is really the most important thing, I also know the wrapping is what first draws the eye. It is what makes the receiver stop and look and treasure the gift even before he or she really understand what is inside.
The same idea can be applied to drawing others to the Lord, especially at Christmas. The reason for the season is the Love of our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ and yet so often we immerse ourselves in the material trappings of the holiday or in the defense of the holiday, such as the battle between “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas.”
I do feel very strongly that we must stand up for Christmas, but one of the main objections too many people have about Christians is that they see hypocrisy in our actions. We answer to that that we are all sinners, yes, even “good” Christians!
But is that answer enough?
Paul tells us 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13, The Way of Love:
If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all the mysteries of knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own, and I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (v. 1-3)
We Christians may have the message of Christmas right. We may have the strength and the knowledge of the Lord’s birth and purpose correct. We may be justified and right in our defense of this sacred holiday.
But if we do not wrap our words in love
we are nothing
we gain nothing.
Wow! That is powerful. Today, Christians must stand up for our beliefs but also recognize that half the fun of receiving Christmas presents is the sight of those colorful wrappings under the tree, the pulling apart layer by layer of the bows, ribbons, paper, and gift boxes, the digging through colorful gift bags filled with tissue paper to find what treasures they contain.
The Christmas season is a wonderful time to depart the message of Jesus, but to attract people to His Word, His strength, and His joy, our Words, our strength, and our joy must be wrapped in His Love.
Invite others to the Lord through words wrapped in Love, and allow them time to savor that love as they peel back layers godly love at their own pace. This patient, unfailing love leads others to discover the real treasure the Lord gifts each of us with inside.
To see a video based on 1Cor13:1-13 The Way of Love, check out Proof of Your Love by Town and Country. – Great song!