I have never been fond of the commercial Christmas and all the extra work that is involved. When my daughter was a child, Christmas was a big deal. Badona would get the artificial tree out. (She didn’t want a messy tree.) They would decorate it with dolls and other things. One year they decorated it with my fishing lures. We also had lights in the windows. It seemed like more work putting everything away after the holidays. Some people really love Christmas. They look forward to it each year. It is their way of giving.
I’m glad my daughter has outgrown the commercial Christmas. The love we give all year round is a lot better! I’m all for spiritual Christmas. We know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25. That date is a pagan holiday that has become Christianized. But God really loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus so we may have life eternal with Him.
How much do we love Him? Enough to give our best, and it seems that our best is not enough. The first gift we should give is our hearts. Remember, when we give our heart to God, it is not a loan. A gift is no longer controlled by the giver. When our heart is given to Jesus, it becomes His to do with as He sees fit.
If we have truly given our heart, then we will give our service. When Christ calls us to follow Him, He adds, “I will make you fishers of men.” There is an old saying, “It is not enough to be good. We must be good for something.”
The third gift is touchy for a lot of people. It’s their money. God doesn’t need it, but the heart that has been touched by divine grace will naturally give tithes and offerings, Matthew 25:40. If you give your money to God and people in the church misuse it, remember that you gave it to God. He will take care of those who have misused His gifts.
God gave His only begotten Son; and through Jesus, the Holy Spirit has been given to us. You can never out give God! Those who have given their all have plenty of evidence of God’s love to them.
Knowing truth is good. Accepting truth is better. Living the truth is best. When we give our all to God, every day is Christmas no matter how Satan tries to take it away.
Jesus is returning soon. Look around. Your best gift is yet to come!