It’s Christmas Eve! Aren’t you excited? Only one more sleep till we get to open our presents!
You see, one of the biggest things about Christmas these days is waking up and opening gifts under the Christmas tree. It’s always nice to receive a gift under any circumstance, never mind ‘x’ amount of gifts when we wake on Christmas day.
This occasion has been on the mindset of many for months now for a variety of reasons. One of which is because of the pressure to buy amazing gifts seems to have increased over the years. This couldn’t be more evident if you were to wander down to your local shopping centre this Christmas Eve. You would find yourself swamped by a mass of frantic, last-minute shoppers, desperately splashing their cash to avoid their pending doom should they not have bought something wonderful for a loved one.
When we stop and take a moment to view this we can’t help but think: What is it the motivation behind all this spending? Have we been fooled into thinking that a ridiculous amount of money must be spent for the sake of keeping up appearance and being socially acceptable, or are we giving our money away joyfully in the way that God has asked us to?
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9 v 7-8
“Cheerful giving is born of love, and therefore it is a lover, loving a lover and rejoicing in the communion. Giving is the language of loving; indeed, it has no other speech. “God so loved that he gave!” Love finds its very life in giving itself away. It’s only pride in possession is the joy of surrender. If love has all things, it yet possesses nothing”
What better way is there to give than to emulate the way in which God gave us His Son? What better example is there than the greatest Giver of all; God himself, as He gave us the greatest and costliest Gift of all; the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Christmas and year round we should appreciate the act of giving, but most of all we should appreciate God’s gift to humanity. His own Son! Let us follow such worthy examples and give praise for what he has done.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9 v 15