Well, Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, some have even done their Cyber Monday shopping, all in the name of the spirit of giving. One has to ask, what is the true motivation for all of this giving. Why do we fight the crowds, brave the weather, stand in endless lines, just to purchase something that may get returned? I suppose some go through all of this to impress those who will receive the gifts. We hope they will be impressed with our selection, and maybe even know that we spent a significant amount on them. Others make an attempt to indicate how important someone is in their life by the gift that is offered. You spend more on your kids than you do on those in the office gift exchange. Still others are seeking some sort of acceptance. If we can just give a good enough gift, the recipient will like us more. In the midst of the madness, there is a tendency to forget what Christmas is truly all about.
Christmas is about love. More importantly, it is about God's love for us. In fact, the Bible tells us that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) God has provided us with a way to have an everlasting relationship with Him. But there is only one way. Christ himself said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) God's love for His creation and His desire to have an everlasting fellowship with us, is His motivation for the gift of eternal life through His son, Jesus Christ. This is what is at the heart of Christmas.