I love Christmas. I love the sights and the sounds and the beauty of the season. Most of all, I love it because it is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus. So, what do you give someone who has everything....who owns the cattle on a thousand hills....who created the world? Simply put, God desires that we give ourselves totally to him.
Recently, I read this journal entry from Jonathan Edwards in Mark Batterson's new book, All In. On January, 12, 1723, Edwards wrote this profound dedication to the Lord in his diary. I hope it challenges you to give God complete control of your life this holiday season. It is the best gift you could give our Savior. He fully gave his life for us so that we could fully give ourselves to Him.
"I made a solemn dedication of myself to God, and wrote it down; giving up myself, and all that I had to God; to be for the future, in no respect, my own; to act as one that had no right to himself, in any respect. And solemnly vowed, to take God for my whole portion and felicity; looking on nothing else, as any part of my happiness, nor acting as if it were." - Jonathan Edwards
Batterson, Mark (2013-09-24). All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life (Kindle Locations 2292-2295). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.