God sent his Son as the ultimate,
unbeatable gift of all time.
When He was crucified on that cross we were given the jackpot for all creation (John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life.) We now have the blessing and honor to pour out gifts and good deeds to others, as God has done for us. Take a moment to let this verse sink to the depth of your heart-
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
I recently had the pleasure of watching our 3 year olds delight in picking out a special gift for their cousin, who turned 4 this past month. As we went from store to store picking up groceries and running errands we had needed, their focus was always thinking of another. The gift was picked with thought on what their cousin may like or need. I noticed the more they thought about giving, the more happy they became. The girls were not worried about what they could get, they were excited with the anticipation of giving and sharing in the festivities.
As far back as creation goes, God has delighted in pouring out blessings and gifts. The important thing to note here is God blesses us whether we deserve it or not. He also promises to bless is abundantly more when we choose to have an open hand to others.
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. Luke 6:38
Oh how important it is to give a gift to others! Gifts come in many packages-
- Pearls of Wisdom
- A kind word
- Sending a card
- Flowers to someone who needs cheering
- Coffee shared
- Bringing a meal to a busy family
- A material blessing/gift just because
- An appreciation note or thank you gift*
The last one gave me food for thought as it came to mind, how many people bless the lives of my children and my family (myself included) and do I show my appreciation enough? I certainly feel thankful and appreciative. However, have I voiced those feelings in the right direction or physically showed it?
I will always remember my friends story- Her husband was working long hours and had no time to go out and buy flowers for a special occasion, as unconventional as it may seem he gave cash to his wife and asked her to pick out a nice bouquet of flowers for herself. In the flower shop she picked out a dozen roses, instead of going home, cutting the stems and placing them in water to be admired, she turned around and gave them away- to her sister who she felt would be even more blessed by them. The gift that kept giving. A selfless action that left a heartwarming memory for everyone involved.
A gift comes in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is as simple as a compliment or as costly as a pretty ornament in thought of a friend or mother. There is a time and place for either, so long as we are thinking of others. God calls us to be good stewards and wise with our money, one factor to remember also is that He calls us to give above our budgeting and tithing. It’s easy to become tunnel-visioned to the point that it hinders the Holy Spirit’s prompting to bless another when you feel called to do so. The apostle Paul was greatly blessed by others who sent gifts from afar to help him during his ministry and while imprisoned, he then credited it to their account encouraging them in their giving.
And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you send a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.