Well, here we are in the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a time full of joy and cheer. It’s a time where we can drink all the hot chocolate and eggnog without the worry of tomorrow, and of course, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior and to rejoice in the faithful promises of God.
But for many, it’s also a season of giving. As a tradition, we give family and friends gifts to show our love for one another. I’ve heard that this tradition comes from the story of the wise men found in Matthew, which reads:
And going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.(Matthew 2:11 ESV)
This is (partially) the story of the wise men who came from the east to worship Christ and gave gifts to Christ, the new born King. Since this is a season of giving for so many people around the world, I find it appropriate to study this concept of giving. There is a passage of Scripture found in 2 Corinthians that really goes well with the season of giving. It reads:
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.(2 Corinthians 9:6-8 ESV)
Looking at this passage, I see three main points that I want to leave you with. First off, the amount you reap depends on the amount you sow. I’m not saying that if you give the most expensive and massive gifts to loved ones that you will get expensive and massive gifts in return, but if you sow bountifully and give bountifully, you will be rewarded just as bountifully with the fruits of God’s Kingdom and gifts of grace.
This ties into the next point, which is your personal reason for giving. If you give, it should be out of your own heart and love for whoever the recipient is. It shouldn’t be, “Oh here comes Christmas! Guess I gotta get my family something.” Otherwise the gift is essentially worthless. When we give joyfully and cheerfully, God approves of our gift. Just as God gives to us as believers, we must respond in joyful giving to others.
This ties into my last point which is this: the reason we are giving to others is because He gave us the greatest Gift of all. God is the reason why grace abounds in us. He is why we have sufficiency in all things and at all times, so that we may abound in every good work. Keep that in mind when giving to others.
If there is anything you remember from this post, I hope it is this: You reap what you sow. I don’t mean you have to give everything you have to prove something or that you will be rewarded in material terms, but that rather you will be rewarded spiritually when you give out of love for one another. Remember the gift that God gave to us when you finish up your holiday shopping.
With all that in mind, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Soli Deo Gloria.