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Give Him my All?

One of the favorite verses of one of my favorite Christmas carol's is penned in the fourth verse of "In the Bleak Midwinter." The song asks;

"What then can I give Him, poor as I am,
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet - what can I give him? I give him my heart."

I like these words because they provoke a response from me - What is it that I can give to a king who has given so much to me?

Finding an appropriate gift to the one who makes all things possible is an impossible task because there is nothing that we can do, offer, or extend that could even come close to repaying all he has given for us. We don't have enough to reciprocate his kindness. Whatever it is that we present, because even our best is somewhat inconsequential, it needs to be perpetually offered. To start to repay, we do not need to give once, but always.

There are some obvious things that we can and must give as a way of saying thank you - our time, our talent, our thoughts, and our actions. I have recently been led to believe that one of the best gifts that we can return to Jesus is our awe and wonder. These two traits are expressions of worship that God desires and deserves.

CS Lewis believed that "we become more in awe of him as we stand in awe of him." I wonder if the best gift that we can return to Christ, not just on his birthday but every day, is that we could constantly remain amazed at all he has done?

Standing in awe is not a static action because it involves discovering new ways to look at him. As we see something remarkable about him, we become more awe-filled, and thus our worship increases.

I wonder this season whether the best gift that we can give to our king is to stand amazed by him. Doing so creates perpetual gratitude, changes us from 'glory unto glory, and allows us to offer a gift that keeps on giving.

What can you give him? The gift he wants is our worship. As we stand in awe of him, we continue to ever become more in awe of him.

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