The Greatest Giver Gave the Greatest Gift
It is Christmas 2017, which means it is time to celebrate Christmas with gayly wrapped presents, family get togethers, good food, and time off from work. This Christmas also marks the last article that I will write about giving having finished the assignment given to me by our Elder board. Therefore, in this final article I think it is only fitting that we should reflect on the act of giving, the greatest giver ever gave.
At the first Christmas God, without a doubt the greatest giver, gave us the greatest gift when Jesus Christ was born. Isaiah tell us in (Isaiah 9:6a) “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” Again, in John 3:16 it is written that “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son.” God, moved by His love for mankind, gave us the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a gift Jesus turns out to be! It is through Him that the impossibility of obtaining eternal life is changed into the sure promise of eternal life and future glory!
What is there about Jesus that makes this possible? In 2 Corinthians 8:9 (“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”) Paul observes that Jesus’ grace moved Him to give all the riches of heaven He possessed! Here is a partial list of the riches He had in heaven; all the glory; all the wealth; all the independence and sovereignty He enjoyed; His immortality; His righteousness; and His life lived in the presence of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. All this Jesus gave and in doing so became among the poorest of the world. He was born to a poor family, which had to flee to Egypt to escape from Herod’s sword. He started an itinerant ministry which didn’t generate enough income to pay for His meager living expenses. He was accused of being unrighteous, because He associated with the unrighteous. When Jesus was crucified his tormentors cast lots for the only worthwhile thing He owned, His one-piece tunic. Jesus died naked, penniless, and rejected! But, through His act of giving He made it possible for us to become rich with the possession of eternal life and transformed lives.
What is the real reason for giving? It’s so that we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus making the impossible, possible. Think of what happens when a gift is given to Grace Fellowship; The believers are encouraged, challenged, instructed, and yes at times rebuked; Our children are instructed in the things of God; Service to those in need is provided; The proclamation of the Gospel is supported; A facility to house ministry and worship is maintained; An opportunity is provided for believers to exercise their gifts and talents; And a loving community is being developed. Jesus thought these things were worth the expense of all that He had in heaven.
Let’s not be afraid of giving generously to Grace Fellowship Church and be a part of making the impossible, possible.