Have you ever wondered the question; 'what does the bible say about gift giving?'. If so, you need to check out this blog post. We're going to break down everything you need know.
If you're like most people, gift giving is just another thing on your to-do list, and you go through the motions to get it done. But did you know that gift giving is actually a spiritual event?
You give gifts at Christmas, on birthdays and on wedding anniversaries. But have you ever wondered what the Bible says about gift giving? Here's a rundown on everything you need to know.
Let's get started!
When Gift Giving, Having the Right Heart Matters
As Christians, we believe that God loves us lavishly and that everything he does for us is born out of that love.
In the same way, the balance of the intentions of our hearts rests in the particular reasons we give.
Greed and pride are crafty things, subconsciously attempting to derail an individual's God-given desire to provide gifts to others generously.
So, be careful the next time you're preparing to give a gift. Whether you're rich enough to easily spoil your family and friends, or you don't have enough cash in the bank to give whatsoever, the seed of your generosity should align with Scripture.
We can all experience the peace that comes with receiving and giving gifts only if we understand the role that God's Word plays in the gift-giving process.
What We Can Learn from the Magi
Scholars have stated that the Magi, or "The Three Kings" who visited Baby Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible (Matthew 2:11), were not actually kings.
However, the expensive gifts that they presented to the baby savior -- myrrh, gold, and frankincense -- have led researchers to believe that these men were indeed wise.
The Magi had a strong desire to honor Jesus, even following the bright star a long way to pay homage to him. The lesson we can learn from them is that our generosity is properly placed if it begins with honoring Christ.
The Love Connection
Especially during the holiday season, emotions and expenses can both run high.
Some people enjoy the adventure of looking for the ideal gift for a loved one. Meanwhile, others give just because they feel a duty to give.
Let's take a look about what the Bible says about the connection between giving and love.
In Hebrew, the root of the word used to describe love means "give." What does this teach us? It shows us that providing a gift to others is a vehicle for creating loving relationships with them and becoming more connected to them.
Scholars have said that when you give gifts to somebody, you increase the quantity of love you feel for him or her. When you ponder this idea, it suddenly makes so much more sense why new parents feel such intense love for their infants.
When you give to other people and don't expect things in return, your love for them blossoms.
So, remember that gift giving has a lot less to do with the gift itself and a lot more to do with the love tied to it.
The Jesus Connection
Do you ever go through a season where you doubt that Jesus loves you? If you read John 15:9, you'll suddenly gain reassurance that he does indeed love you, just as God loves him.
In fact, Christ would not have come down from heaven to the earth if God didn't love us. And Jesus's death on the cross solidifies for us even more Jesus's incomprehensible love for us.
Also, you can't help but experience God's love when you look around you.
God developed a world overflowing with color and delicacies to demonstrate the level of love he has for mankind. He could have created a gray world featuring foods that taste like cardboard. Instead, God wanted to shower his people with every good and perfect thing.
In John 15:9, Jesus instructs us to remain in his love. Another word for "remain" is abide.
So, the next time you're preparing to give a gift, allow the Jesus who resides in your heart to spill out into every gift you create or purchase. Your focus shouldn't be on finding fulfillment in the process of giving or receiving gifts. Rather, you should live in the love of Christ, and everything else will fall into place.
Also, keep in mind the story that Jesus shared about his observation of wealthy people in Mark 12.
Rich people donated large sums of money, while a poor widow gave only a couple of cents. Jesus made it clear in Mark 12:43 that the amount of money we give is not the important thing. Instead, it's the heart that your gifts are flowing from that matters to him.
The Difference between Presents and Presence
As we mentioned earlier, our compulsion to provide gifts to other people comes from Jesus, who laid down his life for all of us.
When the gifts we have provided to others are opened, this makes our hearts feel full. Therefore, it is indeed better to give gifts than it is to get them (Acts 20:35).
Also, as we discussed earlier, God wants you to be filled with his presence, not too focused on presents.
Even though Jesus left the earth following his resurrection and is now seated at God's right hand, he has never totally left us. His Holy Spirit dwells within the heart of every believer.
So, remember that it's certainly okay to receive and give gifts. But don't allow gifts to fill the Christ-sized void within us that only Jesus can fill.
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