What is the one thing you want for Christmas?


What is the one thing you want for Christmas?

I know it’s hard to narrow it down.  We’ve become so accustomed to receiving so many gifts and experiencing so many different pleasures during the Christmas holidays.  But if you could only have one wish granted this Christmas, what would it be?  Think about it.

Many, whose children are lost, would probably ask for their salvation.  Some, who suffer from disease or sickness, would choose healing.  Others, who have struggled financially, would ask for money.  The overwhelming response, according to the odds, would probably be a vain and superfluous request of some kind.

When you narrow it down to one thing, you have to begin to set your priorities.  One can’t afford to be wasteful.  One must wade through the shallow rubbish that clogs our minds and carnal desires to find the one thing that means more to us than anything else.

In 2Kings 4:-8-37, we find the story of the Shunammite Woman.  She quickly realized the most important thing that she could do was make place in her home for the man of God, Elisha.  She had her husband build a room on the side of her house to accommodate him every time he passed by.  This wise choice, this realization of the most important thing in her life, led to her receiving the one thing that mattered more to her than anything else.

She was barren.  The prophet, in gratitude of her hospitality, asked if there was anything that she needed.  After some coaxing, she revealed that the one thing she desired above all other things was a child.  The prophet prophesied that she would have a child “about this season, according to the time of life.”  In paraphrase, her reply was this, “My Lord, you better not be lying to me.  You better not be playing with my emotions.  Because, I’ve narrowed it down, and this is the one thing that is most important to me!”  She had searched her heart and found the one thing that she desired most.  Her request was soon granted and she brought forth a son.

She put God first in her life and as a result, her deepest desire was granted her.  Jesus instructed his listeners in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

So this year, it’s important to narrow it down.  We know that Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth but if Jesus would grant that one request, what would it be?  The Psalmist David said this in Psalms 27:4, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”

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