Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. How wonderful it is to stop and reflect upon the birthday of the King, our wonderful Saviour!
My family has always had the tradition of gathering around the Christmas tree before any presents were opened, and quote the first twenty verses of Luke two together. Then we have prayer and begin to open presents. It is just a fun time together as a family. It is also a great time to share with our special friends. Anyway you look at it, we have been blessed!
Although I don’t think there has ever been a young child who didn’t look forward to receiving gifts at Christmas time, somewhere in the maturing process, we should actually learn the axiom that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Giving truly is a blessing and joy. The problem is that most people only get in the spirit of giving during the Christmas season, which doesn’t last long enough. “Giving” should describe what all Christians do all the time. This is not to be a seasonal activity, but a way of life.
Our giving should start with an understanding that everything we have belongs to God and that for the rest of our lives, we are to be stewards of that which He has entrusted into our hands. This starts out with a recognition of God’s ownership by paying back the tithe and giving offerings above that. Then we should invest in eternity by giving to Grace Giving, or Faith Promise Missions Giving. Then above our weekly givings, we are to learn to give to the poor and those in need. My wife and I have set up a “Gleaners Fund” which allows us to do this.
Paul said in his letter to the Corinthian church, “Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him” (1 Corinthians 12:2). Does your giving represent God’s blessings and prosperity upon your life?
A man by the name of Kenneth Kantzer said, “We must give up all our wealth. We must own nothing. We are only stewards of what God owns. The point is not that we must be merely willing to give it up and then live like anyone else. Rather, we must actually give it up. We are to abandon completely any claims to the wealth of this world. It is not our own and we do not have ultimate control over it.”
We all know that God hates idolatry of any kind, and we all also know that without using that label it is easy to be brought under the spell of money. Money, like our hearts, can be awfully deceitful. Often the people who love money the most are those who do not have much to begin with, meaning, just because you are hurting financially, don’t think you are exempt from this money monster.
Remedy for it all…give, then give, and then give some more! Find some people at church you could be a blessing to and put some money in their hands. Take different ones out to eat and pay for their meal. Send a missionary you know a little extra from your pocket to encourage them.
I close with a quote I read in one of A.W. Tozer’s books where he quoted someone else with the following: “He who has God and everything, has no more than he who has God alone.”