What to give for Christmas? To give or not to give… that is the question.
By now, many people have done their Christmas shopping, gifts given and exchanged. I wonder in all the gift-giving and gift-wrapping and unwrapping, have we remembered to give something to the Celebrant? This Christmas, what have I given to Jesus? Is it my church involvement? Is it about my tithes and donations? Is it about the external and the expensive – costly resources I have? My time and effort? Sure, all these meant something but only in the spirit by which gifts are offered…
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? (Micah 6:6-7)
What gift does God want from me?
Justice: am I a reflection of His justice in everything I do?
Mercy: am I compassionate as He is?
Humility: am I humbly walking with Him?
This Christmas, remember that the true joy of giving is found in giving to the less fortunate; to our helpers at home, to our drivers, to our caregivers, to the street children, to the missionaries; those whom I do not expect to get any gift in return… not because they could not afford to give me anything but because they have already given me so much.
God gives me so much – I know He does not need anything from me; He gave not because He wanted something in exchange. He just wants me to love Him. How do I do that? Obedience. He wants me to:
Act justly. No preferential treatment for the rich and looking down on the poor.
Love mercy: to be kind, merciful and forgiving. If God is so merciful to me for all the sins I’ve done, should I not do the same to those who need forgiveness? If God relents from giving me what I deserve, consequences for the wrongs I’ve done, is it not just right that I extend the same compassion to others?
Walk humbly with my God: walk my talk. walk in total dependence holding on to the hands of my Creator. Walk with head held high and heart bowed low because my God is good, my God is just and my God is merciful.
These are the 3 gifts my God require of me this Christmas: gold of justice; frankincense of mercy and myrrh of humility.