Have you been frantically searching to find the perfect gifts for everyone you know, overspending and charging it all? Or have you peacefully bought things throughout the year and spent a calm evening wrapping gifts with soft music playing in the background? Either way, I don’t care, my real question for you is: What is your gift for Jesus this year?
That’s right, for Jesus. After all, without His birth, what would we have to celebrate? The blessings and horrors of the world would just be the way it is. But with His birth, comes His death, and the knowledge and assurance we can have that with faith in Jesus we will live forever in a much better place.
So I ask you again: What is your gift for Jesus this year?
Take a look at this picture, do you see something?
Let’s zoom in.
Now do you see it? A stocking for Jesus. Do you have one for Him? We have been putting Jesus’ stocking out for years. Inside it you will find birthday cards and little notes telling Jesus what we are doing for Him to honor Him on His birthday. It’s our gift for Jesus.
I am not talking about serving in a soup kitchen or helping someone across the street. This gift isn’t really a gift for yourself, like a trip or new electronic toy. It’s a gift for Jesus. You need to kick it up 1,000% and it will still pale in comparison to what He can do.
A gift like this will pinch your pocketbook or put a kink in your perfect schedule. It requires you to give without strings, without reservations, and without expecting anything in return.
This gift needs to be done in secret. If you go out and share it on facebook, twitter, or whatever, you aren’t doing it for Jesus, you’re doing it for your own glory, so don’t even bother. Decide what you will give and do it in secret and anonymously. That warm glow in your heart will keep you going for a while and you will want to duplicate it again.
Need some suggestions? Here you go:
- Buy all the food needed to serve meals in a soup kitchen or shelter for a day or a week.
- Love a family in your school district. Ask your local school if there is a family they know who needs help. (And there will be.)Then send the school gas and food store gift cards for that family. They’ll see that it gets there. I challenge you to give them as much for food as you would spend on your family, plus some.
- Commit to giving your time to a project or service you believe in and make it a regular part of your life. Then, never find an excuse to say you can’t make it because something else ‘better’ came along.
- Find a missionary to support. Decide how much you can give them each month above and beyond your regular tithe. Then jump start your giving by sending in a support check that will cover an entire month.
These are just some suggestions. Look around your community and you will find a need that is waiting to be filled by you. It’s not too late, Christmas is still a few days away. Take the focus away from your needs and wants and turn it to others.
In fact, if you really want a challenge, I dare you to add up your total receipts and then give that amount (in secret) as your present to Jesus. After all, why wouldn’t you give a present to the one who’s birth we are celebrating? Merry Christmas!