Weekly Challenge: Give cheerfully to others.
There are many ways to give to another. We can give our time, our prayers or through gifts. Giving is what we are called to do as believers. No matter how big or small the gift, it does not matter. What matters is giving with the right motive, to bring God Glory and to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and all that was given to us on the Cross. We should not give to bring Glory to ourselves.
When giving, whether it be your time, in prayer or shopping for that certain special gift you’d like to give, we must do it out of the love of Christ. We should give cheerfully and willingly. If you feel in your heart it is a burden to shop for another, pray for another or smile at another then you are not giving from a cheerful heart.
The same goes for receiving a gift from another. We should give Glory to God for all we are gifted. God is the giver of all increase and deserves all the praise and worship for giving us His Son, Jesus Christ, in order for us to be free from the penalty of death.
Giving is an indescribable gift in and of itself. People who are of the world cannot understand this, as they do not enjoy giving for the most part; they enjoy getting. The believer’s way is backwards, getting much more joy out of giving than receiving. Jesus Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” in Acts 20:35. Thus, in giving we truly receive.
Celebrate the Christmas Season giving and receiving gifts, remembering the true gift which was given-Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Proverbs 11:24-25 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.