Getting to Give

by APC on December 02, 2014

The Best Gifts

Christmas time is upon us, and the slogan we hear all too often is, “Christmas is the season of giving!” We are reminded every time we run an errand and hear the clanging brass of a tarnished bell being rung outside of a store. Or, when we are inside a store, we hear the sales clerk asking us if we need our purchase gift wrapped, all the while trying to drown out the incessant droning of Christmas music repeating the same theme.

Giving is a hard concept to miss this time of year…

Scripture does corroborate the concept of giving in Acts 20:35, when Jesus says, “…It is more blessed to give than receive” (KJV). We are instructed to give all through the Bible, with an amalgam of verses providing insight into giving to the less fortunate, anyone in need, the church, etc.

While giving is important, a Biblical concept, and more widely practiced this time of year, we forget to focus on the aspect of “getting” sometimes. That’s right—I said getting instead of giving. We can’t forget getting, as such in the concept of giving there must be a recipient on the other side of that gift. And, in all reality, we’re going to “get” even whilst we’re trying to give.

But the getting I’m talking about isn’t in tangible, earthly gifts. It’s in the heavenly ones.

I Corinthians 12:31 tells us plainly to “covet earnestly the best gifts” (KJV). Before you, dear reader, become concerned about my message of getting, Scripture tells us to covet (desire) the best gifts—but what are those gifts? In the context of Scripture, these gifts are all outlined in I Corinthians 12, noting there are “diversities of gifts, but the same spirit” (I Corinthians 12:4, KJV):

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues; (I Corinthians 12:8–10, KJV).

These are all gifts that God has in store for His children who have been born again—repented, baptized in the lovely name of Jesus, and filled with the marvelous gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). God wants to pour out these gifts on all of us so we can operate in one or more, or all of them. We need to focus on coveting (yearning to possess) these gifts—focus on getting!

A woman told a story of a dream she had. In her dream, the Lord led her into a room with millions of presents, each wrapped in dazzling gold paper with intricate ribbons, perfectly ornamenting each gift. Upon each gift was attached a card, scripting out name after name of recipients. But, the woman noticed one alarming detail—a thick layer of dust covered all of the gifts in the room. The Lord spoke to the woman and explained that these were all the gifts He had for His children that were unwanted, never asked for, never sought for, never desired…

We can’t become so focused with earthly treasures that we forget to ask the Lord for the gifts He is ready and willing to pour out on us each and every day. We can’t let those gifts in store for each of us go untouched! We can’t get caught up in a mundane experience with Jesus; we need to seek out more of Him—a supernatural move of His presence in our lives.

And, the best part? We get to use these gifts, the best gifts, to help others. We can use these gifts to edify and lift up the church. In God’s plan, He does want us to give, but He wants us to get so we can turn around and give again.

When we give…

…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 ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38, KJV).

When we get from God, and give to others, God said He’s going to give back to us again (more getting). But, He’ll give us back so much, that it will be “running over”—which means, we can give again!

This Christmas season, focus on the getting from God first, so you can give to others—the best gifts—that are better than anything money can buy; the gift of God’s blessings in their life.