They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Matthew 1:17-18
Around Christmas probably more of us than we would like to admit practice something called re-gifting. Generally this is associated with someone who is either a cheap-skate or an ingrate. However, in the Bible Jesus also practiced re-gifting. In this case Jesus took the five loaves from the disciples, who got them from a small boy and then gave them to five thousand hungry people. Later, Jesus took the disciples which the Father had given Him and gave them to the world. Jesus took the life the Father had given Him and He gave it to us on the cross.
In this year ahead we will all be “gifted” with time, talent and treasure. None of these things belong to us, rather they pass through our hands. How we “Re-Gift” what we have received will feed the hungry, bring comfort, and give shelter and friendship to those in our world. Will you “Re-Gift” something today? God bless you as you share your gifts in the year ahead!
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11th Gift – Star of Bethlehem
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy Matthew 2:10
The star shone brighter and brighter as the wise men followed it to Bethlehem. They may have paused just over the horizon from Bethlehem, and given thanks for God’s guidance all through their long journey.
As our own 40 day journey to Christmas draws near its end we need to remember all the many times, on our darkest nights that God sent His star. He sends the star to help us know the Savior was born. He sent the star to guide our path to Him. He sent the star to light our way. He sent His star to come and stand over the place where we can come and present our gifts to Him and worship. Thank God for His amazing gift that leads us to Jesus Christ, the bright and morning star!
MERCY – The 10 Christmas Gift
Luke 15:10 …But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy!
Mercy may seem plain and ordinary, to the outside observer; but to the one who receives it Mercy is the most astonishingly beautiful thing on earth!
Mercy Is –
A life-saving pint of blood from a stranger
A handful of tissues when our tears start to flow
A silent embrace when our world fell apart
The light at the door when we come home after dark
A kiss of acceptance from someone we’ve hurt
A check in the mail when we’ve been out of work
Angel songs in the night when we’re out in the field
And a Babe in the manger who’s the Savior of the world!
Ninth Christmas Gift – Living Water
If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water John 4:10
I know of a hidden waterfall that is not far from the main road but it can only be glimpsed in the winter because of the dense forest all around. It flows like Niagara Falls in the spring, but even in the driest months it never stops.
That is the picture which Jesus calls up when He talks about the gift of living water. Living water springs from a well that can never be run dry. It gives its refreshing pure water at every season of our lives. We will never come to its banks without finding the water that flows from the well of Bethlehem. Though we may think we already have everything we need, Jesus comes and urges us to ask for His gift. He is often more ready to give than we are prepared to receive. But if we will listen closely like the Samaritan woman, we will also know the joy that can make us leave our cookie cutter answers behind and go on our way with joy! Because God’s waterfall never changes but its water is fresh and new every moment!
Sixth Gift of Christmas – Joy
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children…Luke 10:21
At His birth the shepherds rejoiced
At His touch the lepers rejoiced
At His sight the Blind man rejoiced
In His arms the children rejoiced
For his forgiveness the thief rejoiced
At the sound of His voice Mary rejoiced
For bread and fish on the fire the disciples rejoiced
At His return to Heaven His Father rejoiced
From birth to death, through every day and in every trial Jesus gave His life joyfully for us. What better thanks can we give Him but to joyfully give ourselves to others for Him? Surely Jesus was not only the greatest giver but the greatest rejoicer in giving. Whatever small service we can find to do for someone today will be blessed when we give it with joy!
2 Corinthians 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver
Second Gift of Christmas – Kindness
“Jacob’s Spring” was there. Jesus, tired with his journey, sat down beside it, just as he was. The time was about midday. Presently, a Samaritan woman arrived to draw some water. “Please give me a drink,” Jesus said to her, for his disciples had gone away to the town to buy food. John 4:6-8
When we think of an act of kindness we often think of giving, but often kindness is more about the act of sharing. When we ask for help we are telling someone that they have importance and value. How surprised the woman was that day at Jesus asking for a drink. His moment of kindness unlocked her heart to Him. There is no greater gift we may give someone than the smallest kindness that says to them, “I have time for you and you matter to me!”