“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
The wise men followed the star that led them to the shelter where Mary gave birth to Jesus. When they saw Him, they immediately worshipped Him and gave Him precious gifts. Jesus was only a baby. He hadn’t performed any miracle yet. He hadn’t preached any message yet. But the wise men recognized who He was and generosity was the only proper response.
Many people see God as a taker. They will have nothing to do with God for they fear He will take their time, money, pleasure in life, etc. But God is not a taker, He is a giver. God so loved the world that he gave. The story of Christmas talks about God’s love and His desire to give. Giving is something natural for God. He cannot help but give.
On the contrary, human beings are takers. We have all arrived in this world with nothing. From the first minute of our life, we were dependant on the generosity of someone else. If my parents hadn’t given me what I needed, I wouldn’t have survived. To take is natural for us and so, giving is something we need to learn. Giving will always be a challenge as our resources are limited. It will always seem risky to give. If I give I will have less. If I give, I might lack. But actually Proverbs 11:24 says: “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly but comes to poverty.” From a logical, mathematical, economical or human point of view, this passage doesn’t make sense. If I give away, I don’t have more, I have less. But in God’s economy, it is when I withhold that I have less.
When I come close to Jesus, I start functioning in God’s dimension. As my heart is united with His, I start seeing generosity as something natural. I become a giver because His eternal life is mine, His unlimited resources are mine, His Kingdom values are mine. I leave the human limited dimension and enter His unlimited dimension.
Let’s be generous as God has been and is generous towards us. During this Christmas season let’s give abundantly. Let’s love, smile, forgive, and offer presents. There is so much joy and freedom to give!
Thierry grew up in Geneva Switzerland. His first professional training was in banking, as a good Swiss man ought to! He married Marianne at 21 and a couple years later they went together to Dallas, Texas, for their Bible school training. Thierry has been involved in pastoral ministry for 20 years and he has been leading C3 Lausanne with his wife for 11 years now. They believe that building the church is building people through love. Thierry and Marianne have three children, Pauline, Bruno and Anna.