Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Billy’s mom gives Billy $20.00 and sends him off to “Santa’s Workshop” to pick out a gift to give to her. This scene is played out around the world as we near Christmas. Tens of thousands of eager kids are given money from their parents so they might also experience the joy of giving gifts to their loved ones. Occasionally, you will have a child who is “Giving Challenged”. They enter Santa’s Workshop and are tempted to buy a gift more pleasing to themselves than to whom the gift is purposed.
Isn’t this truly the nature of our existence here on Earth. We are first given life. We take possession of it even though we did not do anything to earn it and do with it what we will; but life is a gift with a purpose. Not our own; how we choose to spend it is of the utmost importance. We can be “Giving Challenged” and spend it on selfish pursuits or we can experience the Joy of presenting it back to the Lord as a pleasing offering.
As we enter this season of giving, let us remember that God has given us everything. When we made a decision to follow Jesus; we are presenting Him with a gift He had already purchased with His own blood and in return; He lovingly gives us a greater gift ….an everlasting life with Him..
Dear Heavenly Father,
Today we present ourselves as an offering. As we share in the cup and the loaf; let us remember that your Son’s sacrifice purchased us.We no longer belong to ourselves. Lord help transform our lives into a gift your Son will find pleasing.
In your son’s name we pray.