Gifts of Celebration
When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy. They came to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their gifts and gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:10-11 (NCV)
When the wise men came to see My Son, they brought gifts. Everyone knows gold is still considered valuable, but frankincense and myrrh were equally precious. However, the point is not what each of these substances would bring on the open market, but that the wise men brought extravagant and costly gifts that cost them something.
In a world where there are more “have-not’s” than “have’s,” such giving may sound like an exercise in foolishness. You may ask, “So who can relate to those old rich guys? Who can afford those kinds of presents? Besides, why would I give away valuables when I’m lucky to have enough for myself?” Granted, you may not have much in earthly terms. But you still have something of great value. It is a treasure on which no price can be placed: yourself.
At Christmas, people love to give gifts. They race to order goods online, look for last-minute sales, and buy presents for family and friends alike. Yet few consider giving the best gift they have—their time, attention, and care. You could volunteer to work at a food pantry every week for a year, babysit a single mother’s child so she can have some time alone, or mentor an orphan. You could help build a house with Habitat for Humanity or volunteer at the community hospital.
Why not celebrate Christmas by giving all year round?
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Who do you love like I loved My Son? What are you doing to show them how much you care?
- Watch this video of a father running marathons with his disabled son: What did this make you feel like doing?