Christmas is quickly approaching and I am feeling all giddy with excitement. Why, You ask? Because I have seen God work so amazingly during Christmastime that it blows my mind. Now, I know He works the same all year round, but for me, it just so happens that He has shown me some of His best work around this time of year.
When I was a kid, I was spoiled. I got nearly everything on my Christmas list. It was a bit much, I would have to say, but my dad grew up without many things so he wanted to provide for his kids more than his parents could. So, sure this attitude towards “stuff” did have some negative consequences, but there were also some very positive experiences to come out of this. I know, firsthand, what is feels like to get what you “wished” for. The joy and happiness felt on Christmas morning when you wake up and walk into a room filled with toys; it’s unbelievable. I’m not as materialistic these days, and thankfully, my attitude towards “stuff” has transformed into something totally different-a desire to give.
A few years ago I rediscovered the joy of giving. And I realized something. I LOVE giving, but especially during Christmas. You see, I wanted people to experience the bright eyes and Christmas joys of unexpected presents. In 2009, I just began to give gifts to people, some people I knew, others where strangers. People received gift cards, cash, toys, baked items, etc. and most of it was done anonymously. Then, the strangest thing happened. I NEVER ran out of money. I don’t know how in the world He did it, but every time I gave away something, God blessed me with more to give! It was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced.
Sufficient to say, I am so excited to begin the gift giving this year. I want to see how much more I can give away, only to have God restore. God is that good. Again, please, don’t ever think I say these things to brag, I only desire to be an example of God’s endless grace and abundant mercy in and through a horrible sinner like me. I am but filthy rags, but He makes all things (including me) beautiful. I just want Him to use you too.
Look here in Luke 12:
verse 24- “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”
verse 32- “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. ”
Not only does our Father desires to give us the kingdom, but He is pleased to do so! Unworthy, dirty, unholy-us? The kingdom of Heaven? Emphatically, “Yes!”
Through Jesus Christ we can come to the Father and ask anything in His name and He will do it. So, this Christmas, maybe you’re the one in need. Maybe you’re the one struggling to survive. Be reminded, you already have the kingdom. Don’t be afraid to give away what you do have to someone else in need. Your actions, just may bring them into the Kingdom as well. “A treasure in Heaven is never exhausted.” (Luke 12:22b)