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December 28, 2013

Verna Davis: Remember that Jesus has a no-exchange policy

The packages have been opened and the wrappings discarded. The toys have been played with. The electronics have had their batteries charged and their software downloaded. The cookies and candy have been passed around and eaten. The leftovers have been forgotten in the back of the refrigerator. That’s because Christmas is, well, it’s ummm over.

Now it’s the season for The Great Gift Exchange.

You know how that works, right? On Christmas morning, you open that sweater from your grandmother that’s so unattractive you know even moths will have nothing to do with it. Or maybe it’s that vase or statue or bookend or something or other from your cousin that is so ugly you don’t know quite what it is or how to use it. Or maybe your gift is the wrong size, or the wrong color, or just wrong for you. Whatever the reason, you know that at your earliest opportunity, you will run to the nearest store and exchange it for something you like better.

Truth be told, we’ve all been a participant of The Great Gift Exchange. We just can’t help exchanging something we don’t like much for something we like much better.

Reminds me of what Paul was talking about in the first chapter of Romans. While talking about how upset God gets with us when we don’t get it, where He is concerned. He showed us his divine nature and His eternal power in all creation. So, we have no excuse for not recognizing Him and worshiping Him. Paul goes on to warn us, in Romans 1:25, not to be like those who “exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised.”

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