"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Christmas is Extravagant Giving.
Most Christmas cards have it all wrong. The Magi probably weren’t there that first night. But the spirit behind their actions certainly was present. Think about it.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,...” John 3:16
Jesus was God’s ultimate gift to humanity, He gave himself, He gave his all. We deserved nothing but God gave us everything. God gave us His best. God gave us His all. That’s something worth considering during this season. It’s easy to spend money, especially excess money. It’s easy to hand someone a tangible, physical present - something you don't want yourself and could do without. But let me challenge each of us to follow the example of our heavenly Father this year. Give a gift that really mean something to the people you care about in your life, a gift that means something to you. Give something that expresses your love. Give part of your time. Give your life. Follow God’s example and give yourself. Christmas should strengthen our relationships and create new ones. Giving, especially at Christmas, is an expression of the image of God placed in your at your birth. What do your Christmas gifts say about you? about your relationships?Why did God give us his all? (ans: John 12:46, John 8:12, 1 John 4:11)Do you give more out obligation and guilt -- or -- gratitude and love?
"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." Kahlil Gibran