Jesus said: “I have come that you may have LIFE… life in the fullest” (John 10:10). But, what exactly is a full life?
Our culture would tell us to shop shop shop… buy buy buy… the more stuff you can get the fuller and happier your life will be. This spills over into our Christmas doesn’t it? There are all sorts of things we hope to get get get. If we don’t get them we are disappointed… if we DO get them we are often only full for a moment, and asking a short time later, “is this all there is?”
Sure, we give the notion of ‘love’ a lot of lip service at Christmas, but even this is often expressed in our commercial culture as buying expensive gifts like diamond rings or Mercedes Benz to show just how much we ‘love’.
Jesus was and is God’s gift to the world, and his life and ministry were characterized by the highest form of LOVE there is: sacrificial love. Indeed, great is the love that compels us to give rather than get:
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:9-13)
And, the crazy thing is that when we love and give sacrificially we actually experience life in the fullest. It’s a fullness that can’t be bought. This Christmas is perfect opportunity to love and give as Jesus did.