Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
At this time, every year we are bombarded with advertisements. All the stores and websites are offering sales and enticing us to buy the latest gadgets for our families for Christmas. We are reminded that what is offered now is so much better than anything we have seen before. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves spending money on things we cannot really afford.
Christmas is a time for giving, and we all want to make it a special time for our families. There is nothing wrong with that. But as we write our Christmas lists and peruse what is offered online and, in the stores, I believe we should ask the Lord what He would have us give this year that would glorify Him. Not just things that will last for a while, but those gifts that will count for eternity, treasures laid up in heaven.
There are opportunities available for us to give. Our church usually has a special Christmas offering that goes to help plant new churches. Our Senior’s contribute to a fund that is distributed to our local Food Banks. The past two years, the church has matched our funds so that the giving is multiplied.
I am sure that someone may be saying that it is hard enough to provide Christmas for your family, but I can assure you that if you give to others, the Lord will bless you abundantly. If all you can do is put five dollars in the Salvation Army Kettle, do it with a smile and pray for God to multiply it. Baking a batch of Christmas cookies for a shut-in neighbour shows them that you care. God doesn’t judge us by the amount we give, but by the motive in our heart.
If you will put giving to the Lord at the top of your list this year, I am sure that He will show you exactly what He wants you to give and to whom to give it. We do not give for our glory, but to glorify the One who gave His all for us. Whether your gift is small or large, pray that God will multiply it.
Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all the wonderful gifts you have given us and for the way that you supply all our needs. Direct us in the way that you want us to give back to you this Christmas and help us to be obedient to your voice.
Devotion by Anne Johnston