So "Cookie" was the word for Day 24. Hah! This one is the most un-spiritual, lighthearted words on the list...and I'm not sure what got into my head when I wrote that word out for our Advent Journey...what did I imagine blogging about? But it is a fun word and I'm glad it's on our list to focus on, because Christmas should be filled with cheer...and feasting...and cookies!
One of the gifts I want to intentionally bring to Jesus this coming year is joy. Because He is the giver of true joy, I want to live in that joy daily. It has to be a choice, and sometimes even a sacrifice, but it will be a gift well worth receiving and giving. What about you? Is there something you know you could give to Jesus this year?
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
More than gifts of offerings and sacrifices, more than even our tithes and our duties and good works, God truly desires our hearts. He desires us to know Him intimately and personally, to have relationship with Him. While it is good to go to church, to read our Bibles, to do kind things for others...if there is no heart behind it, if there is no relationship behind it, if there is no love for Christ behind it...it is meaningless.
So as we embark on the new year, may 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 12 be our pledge. May we bring the gifts to Jesus this year that He desires, above all- love. May we know Him fully and invite Him into our hearts to know us in the most remarkable, transformative way. May He be our King, and may we, with the wise men, bow down and worship Him.