A historically popular Christmas song begins “Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.” I don’t think many of us are planning on having a goose for Christmas dinner, but it nonetheless represents the kind of busyness that accompanies this holiday season, food and all!

Student Ministries will be exchanging “white elephant gifts” as a fun, inexpensive way to celebrate the Christmas season and join in the spirit of giving. But it is our worship of Jesus Christ that should define this kind of “spirit” of giving. If we give and receive gifts for a lesser purpose than worshipping and rejoicing in the gift of Jesus Christ, then we live out a “spirit” of giving that is incomplete and ultimately unsatisfying. Christ calls us to rejoice in His gifts, His blessings, especially the gift of Himself, Immanuel, God with us. Resolve to remain worshipful throughout this Christmas season, so that every sentiment that flows from your heart echoes the proclamation, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, ESV).