If you give, you will receive. – Luke 6:38
The world would like us to believe that the success of Christmas depends upon how much we spend, how many presents we give, or how many presents we receive. Christmas is about giving, but price tags do not determine the success of our giving. Giving is not dependent on the condition of our checkbook. Giving is dependent on the condition of our heart.
A homemade gift: 1 Corinthians 4:12 Paul teaches that we should “work hard with our own hands.” This principle can easily be applied to Christmas gifts. Giving a homemade gift represents time, thought, and is a part of you.
A possession gift: Matthew 6:40 Jesus spoke about giving away the shirt and coat on our backs. Giving something we already own can be a wonderful Christmas gift if it is something of special value to us. In other words, it is not the idea of getting rid of junk, but of sharing our treasure.
A gift of time: Time is a valuable gift; a precious commodity. (Ephesians 5:15-16). When we give someone 30 minutes of our time, we are giving them 30 minutes of our life.
A gift of prayer: The greatest gift we can give someone is the commitment to pray for them consistently. (James 5:16) “I don’t have anything to give you, Pastor. But I want you to know that I will pray for you.
A gift of encouragement: (Proverbs 12:25) We assume the people in our lives know how much they mean to us. They rarely do. A written note or letter requires time, careful thought and allows that person to read your words of
encouragement again and again.
A gift of care: Galatians 6:2 Christmas is a time of empty hopes and fierce loneliness for many people. •Invite them over for a meal. •Listen to them. •Meet one need in their life. •Include them in your celebration. •Take them shopping with you.
A secret gift: Matthew 6:3-4 Give a secret gift to someone you know - with no hidden motive and no apparent benefit to you.
A gift of teaching: Romans 12:7 What better time to share your gifts and abilities than at Christmas? You may be able to sew or play the piano, cook gourmet meals, or beautifully decorate your home. Each talent and ability is a potential gift.