Summary: What is the real meaning of Christmas gifts? Real gifts are costly to give, and accepting them means accepting the responsibility that comes with them. Especially the kinds of gifts God gives. Student Ministry PowerPoint format.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)
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Slide image: office gift exchange – good gifts and bad gifts
Slide text: If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11)
How many of you have seen the advertisement for the movie “Black Christmas”? It’s getting a lot of media attention and a lot of people are pretty upset by the topic and timing – a horror movie in a Christmas setting released on Christmas. People are saying that it is offensive, because it violates the whole spirit of the season – that this is not what Christmas is about. Personally, while I agree in principle, I prefer to vote with my feet. If you don’t like a movie, don’t go see it.
What really bothers me about this, though, is not the people who made the movie, but the people are complaining about it. You see, if they just said “The movie is offensive and contrary to everything Christmas is about,” then I would probably agree with them, but then these same people go on to say “Christmas is about giving presents, Santa elves and reindeer, decorating houses, holiday shopping – that’s the reason for the season.” What?
I think Christmas is just all mixed up. The world has forgotten what Christmas is all about. If I asked you about the meaning of Christmas, hopefully you would know that I would not be looking for answers like Santa and elves, shopping and presents, or holiday meals and decorating houses. We get caught up in that, but of course, that’s not the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas is not about gifts, but about “The Gift” – God himself being born as a human in order to live a sinless life among us and die for our sins in our place. The greatest gift. The kind of gift that God gives.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)
That’s what we’re going to talk about today – the kind of gifts that God gives.
At my office this week we had a potluck and gift exchange. There are about 30 of us in my department, and it was really interesting to see the different gifts and people’s reactions to them. It was one of those things where you take turns, and each person can choose to open a new gift or take one from someone that has already been unwrapped. Some gifts were really popular and got “stolen” several times like dartboards, chocolate, and blankets. Some gifts were real bombs, and couldn’t be unloaded, like candles.
There was a self-heating coffee mug that is in it’s third year of re-gifting – kind of a tradition, now. No one wants it – the only way to get rid of it is to wrap it up and bring it back next year.