Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 18, 2012

Gifts Not Bought

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christmas,devotion,gifts — by ginrich @ 12:20 am
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2 Corinthians 8:12  For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have.

The world of commercialism would have us believe we are to spend lots of money on gifts for others. They encourage us to use credit cards and go into debt.   Their concern is making a profit.  Scripture tells us to give from what we have, not from what we don’t have.  There is nothing wrong with buying things for others as long as we can afford it and as long as it comes from the love of God in us.  Our question is what if we can’t afford to give when we want to express love to another?  My favorite gifts from my children when they were little were decorated notes I could redeem at any time for certain chores they were able to do.  A gift of time and service is often times much more valuable than a gift purchased from some store.  We have several neighbors we exchanged home-baked goods with at Christmas.  It got where it was more of an obligation than a joy.  Now we all go out for a lunch together during the season and enjoy relaxing and sharing with one another.  When we think about what gifts to give we should  be open to the gifts of time and service as well as those which may be bought.   

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