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He Gave All He Had!

November 23, 2015

As the first of December rolled around, a little boy in a very poor family wanted to give his father something meaningful, but he didn't have much. So, he thought and thought about what he could do for the man who had done so much for him and his two older brothers.

After their mother had unexpectedly died two Christmases ago of an unexplained fever, things had been really tough. It had changed their father. He wasn't the happy, joyful person he used to be anymore. The boy hoped that this Christmas, things would be different.

For three weeks the boy thought and prayed and did little odd jobs around his village in order to make some money?any money?so he could buy his father something that expressed how much he loved and cherished him. The problem was that everybody else in the village was also very poor, and the boy was only able to make seven dollars.

He spent the last week before Christmas asking everyone in his village if they had anything he could purchase for such a small amount of money, but he came up empty. He even had his older brother take him to a neighboring fishing village in the hope that he might find something, anything, to buy for his father. But at the end of the day, as he lay in his bed that night before Christmas, he was dejected.

He angrily cried out to God, You see how hard I've worked for my father. You see how much he's suffered these past two years. He loves all of us so much. I just wanted to get him something that shows him how much I love him.

In the midst of his emotional outburst, God clearly spoke to him. He immediately got up, went outside his little one-room hut, cut a piece of banana leaf, wrapped up his present, and tied it up with a piece of vine. He was so excited, he had a hard time falling asleep. It was like he blinked and then: Christmas morning.

After everyone had opened up their final gifts, he proudly handed the last gift?his gift?to his father, saying, "I got this for you!"

As his father opened it and saw it, tears immediately came to his eyes. He quickly grabbed his son. Hugging and kissing him, he whispered from a throat tight from holding back tears, "Son, this is the best gift I've ever received!"

Angry and jealous, his two older brothers jumped up and ran to the table. They only saw seven simple dollars wrapped up in a banana leaf. Both of the boys sneered and made fun of their younger brother. "That's all you got him? All the gifts we bought dad are worth much more than that!"

The younger brother became angry, started to cry, and tried to run off, but his father grabbed him by the waist and scolded both his older brothers. "You both bought me things and had lots of money left over, money that you spent on yourselves. But he loved me so much that he didn?t hold anything back; he gave me all he had!"

When Jesus was born, He came to give us all He had. The apostle Paul, in Romans 12:1, writes: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God;this is your true and proper worship" (NIV). *

This Christmas, give God the only gift He really wants from you: your heart.

Merry Christmas and I'll see you in 2016!

* Scripture quotations marked NIV are from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION?. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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