Once there was a wise king who cared for his people so much that heÂ wanted to know how they lived. He dressed himself in rags and, nightÂ after night, sat with a poor man who lived alone under a bridge. ThereÂ they’d share dinner that they scavenged from a garbage dump nearby.Â Soon, the poor man looked forward to the evenings because of theÂ stranger’s company.
One night, the king decided to finally reveal his true identity. InÂ full regalia, he went with the royal entourage to visit the poor man.Â “What do you want to ask of me?” inquired the benevolent ruler. HeÂ expected the man to ask for wealth or a decent home or a place ofÂ privilege in the king’s court. Instead, the poor man replied, “You’veÂ showered others with your wealth, but to me, you’ve given yourself!”
This is the story of our lives. Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning “God isÂ with us.”Â Rulers of this world can give us wealth but only He gave usÂ His very self. He left His throne in heaven and took on flesh to beÂ one of us. There’s no greater gift than that.
Lord, thank You for the greatest gift I could ever receive â€” Yourself!
How can we give the gift of ourselves to others this Christmas?