December 25 – “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

Read: Luke 2:8-20

The truth of Christmas is inexhaustible. We discover it not in the exchange of presents or elaborate meals but in quiet reflection on God’s great gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. We have to step back from the struggle and strain of daily living and pause to reflect on what God is doing. God sends “shepherds” proclaiming and confirming His truth. It’s up to us to ponder the truth.

The real meaning of life is not self-evident. If we add up all the data we do not arrive at the truth. God’s commentary on life takes us beyond appearances and beneath the surface of things and reveals the meaning of life. The truth of Christ must be taken into our heart and allowed to permeate our life. If we do not internalize the truth we live shallow lives. We stay on the surface, fearful that any contemplation may make us too serious or too concerned about what concerns God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are like Mary – we can’t fully comprehend all that Your Son means to us. Your truth is greater than our capacity to take it in. We have nothing but our deepest devotion to give You in exchange for the gift of Salvation. Help us to honor You more and yet more. Amen.

2 thoughts on “December 25 – “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.””

  1. Great devotional Jim. We certainly have nothing to exchange for our great salvation. We can only graciously recieve all that God offers us as we trust in Him.

  2. I remember reading a devotional about “the eexchanged life”. We should give Jesus Christ our life in response to His gift and in obedience to His call upon us. Rom. 12:1; Luke 9:24; 17:33.

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