Someone has said that you make a living by what you earn, but you get a life by what you give. Or to put it more simply “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Jesus – Acts 20:35). Jesus ought to know – he gave the biggest gift that humanity has ever had – his perfect life for our imperfect ones. By giving up himself, he opened up the possibility for forgiveness, a new start and a perfect life forever with God. Paul talked about it in these terms “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Cor 9:15). It is hard to find words in human language to describe that kind of undeserved generosity. And it is offered in the face of human indifference, or even open rebellion against our Creator and his claims on our lives. Inexpressible indeed!
Christmas is rightly a time for giving, because it reminds us of God’s remarkable generosity to us. As we share in giving and receiving over this Christmas time, let’s give thanks to God for his inexpressible gift, and let’s not keep the news of this remarkable eternity-altering gift to ourselves. It is literally the difference between life and death for those yet to hear.
Have a blessed Christmas!