15 December 2012

Give It Away

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:”
Philippians 2:3-5 (NIV)

You can give it away this Christmas! 

As we approach Christmas my thoughts have turned to ways in which we can give ourselves to others, not just the wrapped-up presents which will soon be forgotten. 

The fundamental thought was about the supreme example of Jesus which is celebrated at this time of year:
Jesus gave up heaven to come to earth.
Jesus gave up perfection to work in/with imperfection.
Jesus gave up peace to enter chaos.
Jesus gave up life to embrace death.
Jesus gave up everything to demonstrate to us that He would not give us up.  In the words of the carol;
”Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign.” 

What are we prepared to give away this Christmas?  2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 

So what do we have to give besides the wrapped-up-gift kind?  Some ideas would include: Glory and honour to God; thanks and worship to our Lord; respect and time to others; love and space to friends; truth and grace to family; understanding and compassion to strangers. Take some time now to think of some gifts that you can give—be creative and generous. 

Don’t be seduced by the commercialism of the season, deceived by secularism or the populist saying that it is for the children, or it’s pagan.  The true meaning of Christmas and a major factor in the whole of life is about practicing the Godly gift of giving. 

Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Emmanuel and a prosperous New Year in His service, as we give ourselves away. 

Loving Father, thank you for the gifts you have given to us.  Please help us to practise your way of giving each day.

Study by David Gibbs

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