Better than shiny new toys

..an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 1Peter 1: 4

I know it’s not Christmas, but I can’t help it I’m already in the holiday spirit. ….

What an incredible feeling it was, waking up that Christmas morning and running over to the Christmas tree. I remember seeing it, in its entire splendor, surrounded by gifts, beautifully wrapped in green, red, gold and silver. They were decorated with bows and ribbons, just begging to be opened. I looked through them and found it, a gift with my name on it. Quickly I tore off the wrapping and to my delight; it was a shiny brand new toy. I spent the entire day playing with it and much of that week. However, as time passed, both the shine and the importance of the toy faded away. Fortunately there was always another shiny brand new toy.

As I got older, each toy was more expensive, complicated and of higher technology than the last one. G.I. Joe’s and batmen were replaced with game systems and they were replaced with cameras, computers and cars. However, just as before they faded in importance and had to be replaced. But there have been better gifts than these.

Gifts that never fade and never lose importance, the love of family and friends, the genuine appreciation from someone we’ve helped and the incredible satisfaction of completing a mission are much finer gifts. Yet there is still more.

There are gifts that will last eternity, such as the peace and joy that can only come from knowing Christ, learning to depend and trust in Him. The freedom we experience upon being forgiven, relieved of guilt, and the hope that we attain in realizing the promise of eternal life, are priceless and greater than any gift. This is why Jesus gave us a sincere and loving advice “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Here Christ is promising that all the things we need, will be provided by Him, if we can make living for God our greatest priority.

It’s not easy to set aside all things to make God number one in our lives, but the value of its reward cannot be measured. Often tempted by need or desire we make a priority of things that do not last, money, position, fame or those shiny new toys. But our desire should be for those gifts that do not fade or loose importance and last for eternity.

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