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      The Perfect Gift

       

      • A Good & Perfect Gift… What would that look like?  Depends on who the recipient is…
      • Three Little Words can ruin a gift for me...: ‘Some Assembly Required’.

       

       

      James 1:17 NCV

      Every good action and every perfect gift is from God.

       

      The real Christmas story is about the Perfect Gift…

       

      Matt 2:1 NLT

      Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

      When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

       

       

      What do you get for the person who has everything?

      It’s the Lord’s Birthday… What do you get for the God that has everything?  What could the God that made the universe want on His Birthday???

       

      Matt 25:31-40 The Message Bible

      "When he (Jesus) finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, 33 putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

       

      34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. 35 And here's why:

      I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes,

      I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.'

       

      37 "Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? 38 And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' 40 Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me — you did it to me.'

       

      From Heaven’s Perspective Loving God and Giving to God is most powerfully expressed in how we love others and care for those less fortunate.

       

      True Success must produce some value in eternity! If not, our success was merely Self Centered.

       

      How do we BECOME GOD’S PERFECT GIFT? Realize it’s not just something you give to someone... It’s WHO YOU ARE to someone.

       

      Prov 19:17 AMP

      He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.

       

      How is God Giving these Perfect Gifts to people? Through People…

       

      When we begin to give to others a work of perfection is taking place in us.

      God’s generosity is finding an outlet in the earth. God is giving us opportunities to Become His Perfect Gifts

       

      There are things that we do with our lives that will draw the applause of men and there are things that we do that will draw the applause of heaven.

       

      What you value the most will determine whose applause that you go after.