Our daughter-in-laws are excellent at asking Jan and I for a Christmas list. We in turn make up a list of the things we would like and email them back. Sound familiar? We work hard to keep the pricing reasonable since there are many people to buy for. I must admit I love Amazon.com.
In I Kings 3:5-9 we read about the ultimate “gift list” from King Solomon
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
What? No high tech drone? No 75” Flat Screen TV? No Xbox? Notice also that Solomon does not ask for health, long life, riches, power, or fame. He asked for “a discerning heart.” A heart to govern his people and to be able to discern right and wrong! Incredible! While most people would sell their souls for fame, money or prestige Solomon asks for “wisdom.”
Have you take the time to share with Jesus your personal Christmas list? If he appeared to us and asked us I think our answers would be profound. Imagine for a moment that those who love you most could be completely honest with you and tell you the one thing you either lack or need more of than anything else? What would that be? Consider the following:
•How many of us would ask for wisdom?
•How many of us would ask for the power to forgive?
•How many would ask for inner joy and peace?
•How many would ask for the healing of broken relationships?
•How many would seek healing from shame and guilt?
•How many would want to be able to go back in time and say, “I love you” to someone?
•How many would ask for the salvation of a loved one who does not know Jesus?
•How many of us would ask for personal assurance of eternal life?
I invite you to take some time today and tomorrow to come to the throne of Jesus in prayer and present to him your personal Christmas list. He is eager to hear from us and even more eager to give us the desires of our heart when we take the time to look deeply within our heart and deeply within the heart and will of Jesus.