Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 .
The Santa at the mall was surprised when a young girl about 25 years old .Santa doesn’t usually take requests from youngers, but she smiled very nicely at him, so he said, “OK, you can ask for something but it has to be for someone other than yourself. What do you want for Christmas?”
“Something for my father,” said the young lady.
“Something for your father? Well, that’s very thoughtful of you,” smiled Santa Claus . “What do you want me to bring her? “Without hesitating she replied, “A soninlaw”
We often state that Christmas is a time when the focus is on giving But lets be frank and honest – for most people, the great excitement of Christmas is in what we get or receive as gift , not in what we give as gift . How many people do you know who are saying, “I can’t wait to give a gift!”? Now, how many people do you know who are saying, “I can’t wait to see what I receive !”?
As parents, we know the delight of observing our children open their presents, but are we instilling in our young kids the joy of giving or is Christmas simply a time when they are excited to receive what they wanted ?
While trying not to sound too cynical, how many of the gifts we give every Christmas are given because we feel obligated to give, or because we are hoping to receive something back? Is it possible for those of us who are Christ-followers to give simply for the joy of giving?
46. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47. And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
To take it one step further, if we give only to those from whom we expect to receive something back, how are we different from anyone else in the world? What should distinguish God’s people is a desire to give with no thought of receiving anything back.
In Luke 14:12-14, Jesus said, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
May I encourage you, to seek to find ways to give to those who can’t give back, to learn to give simply for the joy of giving.
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