This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)
I remember as a kid going to my friend’s house after Christmas, and the question we would ask each other was, “What did you get for Christmas?” We’d compare our hauls of loot and decide whether or not it was a “good Christmas”. If we got that cool “walkie-talkie”, or even a BIKE, then it was a “good” Christmas.
The older I get, I’m learning that Christmas was never about “getting”, it’s about “giving”. The holiday we celebrate was intended to focus on the fact that God so loved the world that He GAVE His Son. Paul wrote, For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). In writing to the wealthy Corinthians, Paul reminds them about how the poor Macedonian church gave out of their great trial of affliction, and that their giving was tied to their abundance of joy (2 Corinthians 8:2).
The concept of giving is way bigger than money, or the size of the gift. The recipient of your gift may be more impacted by the time you spend with them than on the dollars you’ve spent.
So, as you look around your world at Christmas time, the question isn’t “What did I get for Christmas?”, the question is, “What did I give?” When I focus on giving, I discover that abundance of joy.