“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)
Christmas is a wonderful season. As Christians, we understand (or at least by now we should understand) that on December 25th we commemorate the truth that God became a man in the form of Jesus Christ. This child’s arrival in a small, inconsequential stable made a ripple, or more accurately, an explosive shockwave through all history! We celebrate then, the advent of Jesus as the Messiah come to earth and wrapped in flesh.
But as we wrap our gifts this year, as we frantically search for a last minute present, as we attend our work Christmas parties, as we gather around our glowing trees wound in garland and dangling with ornaments, let us celebrate Jesus’ incarnation with generosity. We’ve heard it time and again, but it is true that God has sent us the most valuable and costly gift, in Jesus. Now, rather than simply relaying what we know to be the “real meaning of Christmas” to our friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and the rest through our words, let us couple that with our deeds of generosity. How can we mirror the generosity of our Father this year? He “gave his only Son” for us, what can we give to others in small, that we may draw attention to the Father’s generosity in large?
Be led of the Spirit this Christmas, praying for opportunities to mirror the generosity of our God who “so loved the world”.