Gifts on Christmas

"...when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Matthew 2:11

Merry Christmas! Today many gifts will be exchanged, some with delightful expectation and others with dry obligation. We typically learn what not to do when studying Israel's history, but there were some tremendous bright spots in their experience. One of them was when they gave abundantly and joyfully of their possessions to aid the creation of the tabernacle. Their generosity was so great that Moses actually told them to stop because their gifts exceeded the need.

The investment of the wise men was an eternal investment and it still impacts the world today. May we invest our gifts this season in what counts, this is how we engage in the great exchange. The exchange of our earthly resources for heavenly treasure.

Like the Magi we too can bring gifts to our savior. The only difference is that instead of providing for his first advent our gifts will help pave the way for his second. The most precious gift we can give is our heart. When we do this the gifts of our time, money, and talents follow close behind.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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