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CHRISTMAS: A Time for Giving . . .

CHRISTMAS:  A Time for Giving . . .
Here we are at that season again.  Much thought is being given to the matter of"giving." 
What can I give my spouse to show my love?  What can we give our children, and on-and-on.  How much can we spend this Christmas out of our current budget?  Our ideas about giving are based largely upon what we can afford without endangering our sufficiency for our own needs. 
This is reasonable and sensible when thinking about gifts to those who already have adequate resources.  However, imagine how differently we might think about giving to a person or persons, who had nothing and were starving to death.

The record of the giving of the earliest Christians was far different from the way we look at it.  Under persecution for departing from the Jewish traditions to follow Jesus, we are told that they ". . . were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own . . ..  Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need." Acts 4:32b, 34-35 
(NKJV)  In such a time, this is the reasonable and sensible thing to do.   
However, God's choice of giving is insurmountable, compared to any of ours.  His giving, which we celebrate at Christmas, is that "He gave His only-begotten Son" (see John 3:16).  "And our Savior, Jesus Christ, gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity" (see Titus 2:13-14).  Just think of what that meant. 
Let us then, most of all, celebrate during this season, the greatest of all gifts ever given:  Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Andy JohnsonAndrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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