Here’s something that might bring back memories for some of you. Think back to Christmases of your childhood: what was the symbol of all your Christmas wishes? How about the Sears or JCPenny Wish Book? Do you remember it from when you were a kid? My sister and I would scan the pages through the giant catalog and we would circle or tear out our choices and hope that Santa would deliver the "goods" on Christmas morning.
Did you know that the Sears Wish Book was first printed in 1933? Over time it shrank in size and was eventually discontinued. It was brought back in 2007, but it was never the same as the old ones.
As I think about this, our kids today don’t really need one. They have Amazon and Google as well as their high tech toys to cruise the information highway to identify their holiday “goods.”
But “back in the day” the Wish Book helped us answer the seasonal question: “If you could have anything for Christmas, what would you ask for?” (A Star Wars Death Star...oops to quick)
We may not need the Wish Book today, but you have some wishes too, don’t you? I know it is early, but next Christmas how would you answer the question, “If you could have one thing in the world, what would it be?” I know some people who Christmas shop all year long, so it's not too early to get your list started!
Solomon had to answer that one. He asked for wisdom, and God gave it to him. But by the end of his life he had accumulated more and more: gold, horses, and wives. He had it all and still wanted more. In the midst of all these gifts he lost sight of the Giver. He turned away from God and lost it all.
There was another King that gave us another path to follow. He had it all and gave it all . . . FOR US! I don't know about you, but if I'm not careful, I can get in the mind set of, "what's in it for me?" Jesus shows us another way to live, think and that's in thinking, "how much can I give?" And Jesus, well, He gave His all. And we are called to do the same.
I don't remember where I heard this quote, but it's one to live by: "Simply give so that others can simply live."
Let's learn from the wrong choices of King Solomon and decide today to live like King Jesus.
Blessings and see you Sunday! Don't forget we have a missions soup luncheon following the service,
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.