Giving Without Strings

by APC on December 07, 2015

With the Christmas season upon us, we are reminded that this time of giving. Most of us participate in gift-giving, but we have a tendency to gift gifts with the assumption we’ll get a gift in return (Proverbs 19:6). Without realizing it, in the action of gift-giving, we become more focused on ourselves than others. We completely miss the miracle of giving in the way that God intended, and the way in which God gives.

Christmas teaches us to give gifts and not to expect anything in return. We need to give according to how God has purposed in our heart and to it cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7). Scripture instructs us in the type of gift we should give this Christmas.

God’s Gift

Jesus was a gift from God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus’ flesh was crucified and He shed His blood to wash away all of our sins. Jesus paid the ultimate price and reconciled all to Himself (II Corinthians 5:19). Jesus was the world’s greatest gift, and He gave His life. The greatest gift the world ever received could never be paid back. And, like God’s gift, the greatest gift we could give to others will be one that cannot be repaid. We need to learn to give “God Gifts.”

“God Gifts”

We need to give gifts this Christmas that fulfill the essence of Christmas. When we do something for someone that is so overwhelming for them and they cannot return the favor, this is giving a “God Gift.” It is always more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). We are never more like our Father in Heaven, than when we give a gift others cannot repay.

Required Giving

Giving is more than a nice-to-do, but a commandment and a requirement from God. Jesus told His Disciples that when he needed food, water, shelter, clothing, and comfort, they provided to Him (Matthew 25:31–36). When questioned when they had seen their Lord this way, He said, “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25: 40, KJV).

When we give unto others, we give unto the Lord. And, when we obey this commandment, we will inherit the kingdom (Matthew 25:34). However, when we fail to give, we will be cursed and find judgment in the everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41–46).

Let Go of the Strings

This Christmas, we cannot truly celebrate the season until we give a “God Gift.” When Jesus died on the cross for us, His blood didn’t have any strings attached. He died because He loved us. When we truly get a love in our hearts for others we will be able to give in the same manner. If we don’t love others and bless them, the love of God is not in us (I John 3:17).

When we give, the dollar amount isn’t what counts. “God Gifts” aren’t expensive by the terms of this world, but are worth more than anything this world could ever offer. This Christmas, let’s practice the ability to give without strings and see the love of God manifested in us.

Adapted from Sunday Morning on December 07, 2015