How would you finish this sentence: “All I want for Christmas is ________.”

I already have my two front teeth (got them when I was about six), so I’m asking God for something much, much bigger this year.

To know Him.

It’s too easy for Christmas to simply be about Jesus. I want my life to be consumed with Jesus.

Our Christian life—during Christmas and all year long—should be so much more than knowledge about Jesus. It should be a relationship with Jesus.

Our natural tendency is to make Christianity little more than a list of rules or a development of Christian culture. I want to walk in obedience to God’s Word, and I’m thankful for Christ-honoring Christian norms. But I want more than that!

I want to know Him.

Jesus came as Emmanuel—God with us (Matthew 1:23). He wants us to know Him in an intimate relationship. It starts with salvation, and it carries into our daily experience. Once you begin to know Christ like this, He becomes your passionate pursuit, the true quest of your heart. Nothing but Christ can fully satisfy the person who has closely walked with God.

I’m asking God to let me know Him better this year. To help me focus on Him and to deepen my love for Him.

What do you want for Christmas?

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.—Philippians 3:10–11

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