The Most Valuable Gift Exchange

by Naomi Fisher on December 12, 2014

The “gift giving” season is categorized as one of the most fascinating and stressful times of the year. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is described with catchphrases such as “give the gift of [insert item here] this season.” Even more so, the question, “what am I going to get” unashamedly pops into many minds of adults and children alike.

Some people have professed how this season is among the most tiresome and dreaded, simply due to the giving-and-getting aspect that comes along with it. Let’s all be honest; we equally love to give and to get gifts. I would be remiss if I did not include one of the familiar verses of Scripture in reference to getting. It simply states:

Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7, KJV).

Now how, may I ask, do you get wisdom and understanding? I believe that there are many ways to interpret this scripture, but here we have the perfect opportunity to explore the greatest gifts we can get and give this holiday season.

The wisdom and understanding Proverbs 4:7 refers to goes far beyond modern intellect and fleshly knowledge. The wisdom and understanding discussed here is the same wisdom and understanding that:

  • King Solomon, the son of King David, prayed for when God visited him in his dream and told him that he could ask for anything his heart desired (II Chronicles 1:10).
  • Lead Phineas, the grandson of Aaron the priest, to halt the rebellious acts of the people of God that caused terrible plagues (Numbers 25).
  • Caused Job, even in his darkest hour, to say, “The Lord gives, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

May I heavily submit that this wisdom and understanding is straight from the throne of God? This is a visible manifestation of Christ in action in your life! This manifestation is the Holy Ghost; it guides your decision-making and rules your everyday life even in the midst of adversity.

This wisdom and understanding (the Holy Ghost) is meant to be pursued and coveted. It is to be desired above any gift you could ever receive. This wisdom and understanding will carry you straight through to eternity, for it will create a solid foundation of truth for you to stand upon that goes beyond cultural boundaries and norms. It will lift you up into the heavenly place, and will seat you with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

This wisdom comes only from having a deeply rooted awe and reverence for the Most High (Proverbs 1:7), and this understanding comes only from keeping the laws of God and being doers of the Word of God (Deuteronomy 4:6).

To get the wisdom and understanding within your heart and mind that Jesus is the only source—the only way, truth, and life—is far more precious than any other gift that could be given this holiday season.

And, last but not least, the greatest gift you could give is to not just to give yourself, but to literally give yourself as a gift to God. Romans 12:1 says:

I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice; holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service (KJV).

Here is where we tie the exchange of gifts together: the truth is, to give God everything you are requires you to receive His wisdom and understanding.

Since the things of God are foolish to man, it is hard in the natural mind to understand the importance and beauty in giving God your heart, soul, mind and strength, so that you are consumed with the presence of God on a consistent basis. But, when you begin your journey of seeking God with a sincere heart, you will automatically seek after His wisdom and understanding. This will create a heart of humility within you that will have your soul desiring to surrender everything that you are before a holy God.

In all reality, this gift exchange is very unfair. Christ, the spotless Lamb humiliated by humankind, humbled Himself and became a servant to bring eternal salvation to the world. Whereas humanity—the likes of you and me—are only able to offer up ourselves, with all of our spots and blemishes, to this holy God who craves fellowship with us. I must say we are getting the better end of this gift exchange!

So, this holiday season, because of the beauty and surrender that is found in being a participant in this spiritual gift exchange, take the time to excuse yourself from the holiday hustle and bustle, find a quiet place to pray, and seek the Lord for his wisdom and understanding. Ask God for a deep awe and reverence of His presence, and ask Him to develop within you a heart that will allow you to give yourself fully to Him.

This is the most powerful exchange of gifts that can happen in this present day and age. These are the only gifts that will never become old and dull and will persist throughout eternity.