Karen Tripp’s BLOG Speaker, Author, Counselor http://www.Godisbiggerthan.com/
For me potlucks are complicated. I never know what to make. I guess this is why being invited to dinner is so much nicer than being invited to a potluck. And yet, the dinner invitation is barely out of my friend’s mouth before I yelp “What can I bring?” Some friends let me bring a salad or a desert but then there’s the friends that say “don’t bring a thing.” Part of me is thrilled to be treated with such hospitality while another part of me is immediately feeling guilty that I’m going to show up without a dish.
Why is it so difficult for some of us to be treated special when we’ve nothing to contribute but ourselves? Why do we feel unworthy of this gift?
This is a lot like receiving the gift of the Christ child. God gave you His Son completely free of charge just because He loves you. Although with all our imperfections we don’t deserve it, Jesus paid the price on the cross so one day we will party with Him in the throne room of God. Can you imagine! Yet you did nothing to deserve this and Jesus did everything.
It’s like going to heaven and seeing this incredible banquet!!! There’s this huge table covered in linen that shines whiter than light and hundreds of candelabra’s glistening brighter than the sun and the room is filled with this incredible music that makes you want to shout for joy and the food, don’t get me going on the FOOD! And you’re standing there, in this immaculate banquet hall, completely dazzled but guess what? You heard the invitation wrong. Instead of a heavenly banquet, you thought the invitation said the dinner was a potluck. So you show up, in heaven, with a casserole dish.
Jesus is standing there before this spectacular feast that He’s prepared for you and He says, “You didn’t have to bring anything.” But do you know what you’ve been doing? You’ve been spending your whole life trying to find just the right casserole dish because you didn’t want to show up empty handed. You look back at your life and realize, “I never should have spent so much energy trying to repay Jesus for the gift He’s given me. All He wanted was for me to soak up all the love He has for me.”
Imagine two Christians. Both serve Jesus but the first Christian focuses only on their unworthiness of the gift of Jesus and the second Christian focuses on what a treasure they are to Jesus. For us their lives look the same. But which one is experiencing the fullness of the abundant life Jesus has bought for them? We can spend our lives overwhelmed by our unworthiness or we can spend our lives amazed that we are such a treasure to our Lord.
This Christmas focus not only on the gift of Jesus but on what a treasure you are to have received it. God gave you the gift of His Son because He loves you and He thinks you are worth it…that you are totally worth it.