So we have made it through Christmas day. We planned out the gifts, bought the gifts, wrapped the gifts, exchanged the gifts and opened the gifts. We are now in the stage where we get to enjoy and use the gifts we were given. My son is now getting to the age where he is getting some pretty fun toys that I tend to get as excited about as he does. One of his toys was a gift that you never outgrow, a nerf gun. This nerf gun was way cooler than any nerf gun I had growing up. It has reloadable dart clips, a swiveling flashlight for night-time missions, and it even converts into stealth mode where you can’t tell that it’s a gun….wow….I’m getting excited just thinking about it. So we had a great time figuring it out and transforming our living room into a nerf gun firing range!

What about the greatest gift of all, Immanuel, God with us, Jesus Christ? Have you opened that gift? Have you asked Him to be your personal Lord and Savior? Are you enjoying a relationship with Him or did you open the present and just leave it by the tree? I want to challenge you as we are wrapping up 2011 to make this next year in 2012 a year that you really experience and walk with Jesus Christ. He tells us in John 15:4 ‘Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me.’ Jesus is inviting us to abide, remain, live, and walk in Him. This means reading our Bibles, listening, and obeying. This means praying and expressing our worship back to Him. What is the result of abiding? A fruitful life. A fruitful life is a life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It is a life that reproduces and makes more disciples. So enjoy and learn about the greatest gift all, Jesus.

in Christ,