The Presents (#jammed daily devo, day 355)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 355: Christmas presents …and limits.

“Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11b

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The piles of presents under the tree and the magical looks on my kids’ faces as they ran down the stairs will be etched into my heart forever. It was a gift to us to be able to give to them more than they needed, expected, or could imagine.

Jesus received gifts from the three kings. Today’s verse tells us that they opened their “treasure chests.” They gave the best they could to the King who would give them more than all of the treasure on the earth could ever compare to.

When I looked up the definition of “treasure,” I found three separate ways to define it. Appropriate, because gifts …treasure …can be defined in so many different ways and at different angles.

treasure- a (1) :wealth (such as money, jewels, or precious metals) stored up or hoarded; (2)wealth of any kind or in any form: riches. b: a store of money in reserve.

In one part of this definition, wealth is defined as “in any form” and/or “money.” How do we measure our treasure? Is it something we can store up, earn, or use as currency? Can we trade it, simply flaunt it for what we (and others) know it’s worth statistically?

treasure- 2:something of great worth or value; also :a person esteemed as rare or precious
A chipped glass that used to have a match from a best friend who’s no longer on this side of heaven … It has a friendship quote etched in the glass. Ironic that one broke, and she’s gone now. Treasure.
“Be a leader,” he instructed me over and over. He’s no longer here, but his words …his life in pursuit of his Savior …are as real as they ever were. Treasure.
treasure- 3:a collection of precious things
Anything with a handprint on it gets tossed in the “save” box. Pieces of wrinkled up paper with stories they wrote about their family, or their Jesus.
Treasure. The refrigerator is littered with artwork, and the office is piled high with memories.
The wise men, as they were called, realized that no treasure they gave the King of Kings would be enough. They were wise, after all. But they still gave their best, brought their best, and before they gave anything at all …they worshipped Him.
Christmas is Christmas. The baby boy who came to earth. Who was the Word and is the Word. The greatest Gift of all time. Humanity is always striving for more …treasure. No matter how much we give, we will never out-give the Giver.
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Father, Praise You for loving us. Thank You for giving to us extravagantly, and forgive us for letting commercialism steal any meaning from that baby in the manger. Bless us to pay the love of Christmas forward, extravagantly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The Eighteen Wheels (#jammed daily devo, day 221)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 221: Spare wheels

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 August 9

Eighteen wheelers are scary to pass. Ever since I was sixteen, I have cringed rolling past one on the highway. It’s all those shredded tires on the side of the road that remind me that one of those eighteen wheels could pop off and fly into my car at any give moment. Or the images of flipped semis and second hand accounts of barely survived crashes with fallen asleep drivers.

The worst of the what-ifs threaten to paralyze and scare us.

Today’s verse reminds us that our hearts will be with what we treasure.

treasure- wealth stored up or hoarded. Merriam-Webster.

Pretty accurate definition of treasure if you’ve seen the all the pirate movies. It’s always buried, and someone is always intent on keeping it all to themselves once it’s found. Pirates are always swindling treasure out of each others hands after they’ve teamed up to find it together.

heart. The center of one’s being, including mind, will and emotions (NIV Notes)

It’s kind of hard to shove literal pieces of gold into a place like that.

The treasure that Mathew is speaking of is not something we have to fear the loss or damage of or something pirates race to in the movies, nor the paycheck that we scramble for week after week.

It’s Jesus. And once we begin to walk with Christ, there is nothing that can steal it or destroy it. When we discover our Treasure, our heart finds it’s way there, too. Each day, becoming more and more like the One we follow.

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Father, Praise You for protecting us on the highways of life. Thank You for guarding our hearts as no one else can, and forgive us for taking it for granted. Bless our hearts to become more and more like Jesus’ every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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