What is your favorite part about the Christmas season? Do you enjoy the Christmas lights? What about the Christmas songs you’ve listened to since you were a kid? I don’t know about you, but I love the gifts part! I’m not very good at giving but I’m awesome at receiving.
In scripture, Jesus is described as a gift to the world that has to be received. God breaks it down really simple. In the book of John in verse 11 and 12 He says that people didn’t receive Him because they didn’t recognize Him and the other people received Him.
So, we have two categories of people in this world that you can fall under. Number one: People who do not receive Jesus. Number two: People who receive Jesus.
You might think, “why does it matter?” Well the difference between the two people is answered in verse 12. The result for those who receive Jesus is the right to become children of God. You could say that really fast and not fully understand the weight of that statement. What this is saying is that if you receive Jesus, you will become a son or daughter of the creator of the universe. You will be adopted into his family, spending eternity with him in heaven. Apart from Jesus though this is not possible.
People think you can be somewhere between the two categories of people I listed above. However, God doesn’t look at you like that. There are two things you can do with Jesus in your lifetime. Receive or not.
God gives you the freedom to choose Him regardless of your past or whatever situation you’re in right now. He loves you enough to die for you, what you do with that is up to you.