I am going to brag for a moment, and it will not make you happy. I am done with all my Christmas shopping! I purchased my last gift on Black Friday. I had to gloat a little; it is the first time I’ve ever accomplished this miracle. It feels great. No pushing and shoving in lines, or ruining evenings when I could have stayed home with Jill. It is freeing to get it done early. No, wait, I was wrong. I have one more Christmas gift to offer…the one to the church.
I would never re-gift. That is, receive a gift, re-wrap it and give it to another person. This is what King David is saying to Araunah. “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” At Christmas time, we often do that by giving God our leftovers. “Oh, I overspent this Christmas, so I better not give anything to the church.” Your gift to God at Christmas is a valuable part of your Christmas experience. It shouldn’t be a leftover, or skipped. It is important to give the church a Christmas gift because God has given you everything you have, and giving back to God is the reason for the season.
Your Christmas gift to the church is a huge blessing and helps us meet our end-of-the-year budget. Your Christmas gift helps us continue to provide for our children and youth, so they can strengthen their faith in Christ Jesus. Your gift helps fund the worship of our God, which is the foundational aspect of the Christian faith. Your Christmas gift helps continue outreach to the community, fulfilling the Great Commandment to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” Your Christmas gift helps us provide care for our elderly and those in need within our congregation.
Your Christmas gift is an expression of gratitude for all that God has given you. The Christmas season is a time when we reflect on all our blessings. Today, by offering your gift, you are saying, “thank you,” to the God who has blessed you in so many ways. On behalf of all the people who will be blessed by your generous gift, I say, “thank you.” We cannot offer God our leftovers that cost us little or nothing. Give God your very best this Christmas season. Get this important gift sent early this year.
God Bless You,