Real Giving?

December 16, 1999
by Rob Galbreath

Luke 2:7 – And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. (KJV)

Every year there is this one day on which many of us go to church to celebrate the birth of a virgin's son's in a town in the middle of the boondocks. And then we come home and we open presents! Yes!!

We get this cheerful message that "the true meaning of Christmas is the spirit of giving". But what does it mean?

John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." From this, we know that Jesus had been around long before Mary's time; in fact we know that He is God. What we don't always realize is that this "spirit of giving" was demonstrated when Jesus left His throne in heaven to come down to us. He gave up His throne for thirty-three years (or so) to come to earth to teach us about the truth.

Then the most amazing part: He suffered for us. His flesh was ripped off because of us. His blood ran down because of us. It sounds gruesome, but He died for us.

That is the spirit of giving at Christmas time. Jesus left His throne to suffer so that we may live again.

It isn't just a day for presents; it's Jesus' birthday. Isn't it weird? Everyone receives a present except Jesus.

One could say, "Well, what can I give Him? He has everything." Yet, what can we do for Him? Let us find a way to serve God this Christmas. Ideas: work at a homeless shelter, show love to enemies, preach to others about the love of God, welcome neighbours into our homes, shovel another person's driveway. Let us realize that it's His birthday, and let's show it. Let's do things that Jesus would have done.

We all know it's hard to live a Christian life every day. My challenge: Let's go overboard on Christmas. Let us show the most amount of love that day, and let us show the time we have. Let's do as much as we possibly can. Let us ask our churches if they're doing anything for the community. If not, then let's plan something. Are there any homeless shelters or places in the neighbourhood to visit?

Prayer: Lord, please bless us with a hunger to go out to the world and show people the love you so had for us, when you came from heaven into flesh to free us from our sins. Give us a strong desire to serve your will. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

About the author:

Rob Galbreath
Lancaster, New York, USA

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