Give gift of God this holiday season
December 10, 2004
I was at the high school the other day and a student came up to me and said, “Merry Christmas. I know it is not Christmas yet, but I thought I would say that to you anyway.”
When I said thank you, I guess the look on my face showed some expression of shock or surprise, to which the young man said, “well you’d better be thankful. When I say Merry Christmas to someone, it is like a gift.”
He then walked off acting as if he did not get what he expected out of that exchange.
This experience threw me into a whole thought process about gift giving especially around this time of the year.
I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7, “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.”
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Many times, especially during this season, we give to others because there is some self motivation involved.
Even though I hate to admit this, when I truly stop and examined my motives for giving there is always a tiny bit of self motivation even if that motivation is that I will feel better when I give.
But that is not the kind of giving God ultimately call us to engage in.
He expects for us to take His example and give as He did for and to us.
John 3:16 tells us, “God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.”
Gods only motivation for giving us an incredible unequalled gift, was to save us. It was the opportunity He had to give us hope, life, and a chance.
And yet it is interesting that God gave us this gift knowing that we would respond due to the fact that there was something in it for us.
Innately, we are selfish beings, and even God knows that and uses it nonetheless to teach us, mold us and to grow us.
This holiday season, as we remember the amazing gift that was given to us, I would urge us to take God’s example and remember to drop our self motives at the door.
This year let’s allow our only motive be a desire to see each other grow and change into the person that God ultimately intended us to be.