I love pretty packages, ribbons, and bows! There’s something so exciting about seeing a beautifully wrapped gift; no matter what season of the year it is.
With the Christmas Season upon us I feel a heightened sense of this excitement and anticipation since there are presents, presents everywhere. I look at the brightly colored paper and the assortment of ribbons and shiny baubles and I love knowing that there are special, hidden treasures inside those packages.
And then I look at the gifts I have wrapped, or ones by my children. My paper is wrinkled, bunched up and appear as though I have slept on it. The ribbons keep falling off, and don’t even get me started on the bows. How do people make those anyway?!
Though I am ashamed at my own attempts at wrapping, and endeared by the children’s, I am keenly aware that the value of the gift goes way beyond the expectations I have of the presentation.
If I was given a diamond in a beautiful, plush jeweler’s box, or if I received that same diamond snuggled in a facial tissue tucked in a used paperclip box, that diamond’s value would remain the same.
That’s a bit like what God did when he gave us Jesus. A baby. A child. A carpenter’s son. But inside that simple package of humanity was a king, a savior, God the Son.
God is an incredible gift giver and he likes to hide great treasures in plain sight. When God gives gifts he wraps them in a person; in the person of Jesus his son as well as the person that you are.
Genesis 1:27 tells us that we are made in God’s image, his likeness, and within us is hidden the great mysteries of the gospel and that we have the great joy to present the gift to others and introduce them to the giver (2 Corinthians 4:7).
There is a magnificent treasure that is within each of us and God has uniquely and individually designed us to be a gift to one another. The problem is that we start doubting God’s choice of packaging.
Is that you? Do you feel a bit, wrinkled and torn or frustrated that you’re not shiny enough? Maybe you’ve done some things that you aren’t proud of and have regrets. Have you forgotten how incredibly valued, accepted and loved that you are?
Ephesians 2:10 says “we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” His workmanship! You are God’s work of art, his masterpiece. In Christ you are fully loved, fully accepted, fully seen, and fully known.
My friends, this is the wonderful mystery of the treasure God has entrusted to us. It is hidden in plain sight. In you! God has chosen you to reveal this great mystery to those around you.
As you celebrate God’s greatest gift to us, his Son, may you also discover the treasure that he has imparted in you to be a gift to others.