Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen"1 (Lyrics)
One day when I was little, I found, as the surprise in my popcorn box, a tiny pair of scissors. But, how horrible! They would not open. They just lay there in my hand, a senseless, one-piece thing of molded metal. I felt put down and disgusted.
One Christmas after I had become an adult, I opened a gift to find a neat little pair of scissors — real scissors that opened and closed and cut beautifully! The gracious and suitable gift removed from me the strength of the former fake.
I continue to use the real scissors with a sense of victory.
This same sense of victory is ours as we receive the real gifts that Jesus came into the world to give us: His love, His forgiveness of our sins, His joy, His guidance for a life that makes sense, and moreover, His assurance of life forever.
1 Corinthians 15:54b,57 – Then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, please enable us to live day by day, cherishing the gifts of Your victorious Son. Amen.