The Giving Season
Christmas is the season we turn our hearts to giving gifts to family and friends. God also gave to humankind during this season also.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (KJV)
Luke 2:9-14 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, (14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son as a gift of redemption and salvation. God gave His Son that through His gift the world might be saved. It is easy to think that the only gift God gave to the world was His only begotten Son.
Gift of Christ
Eph 4:7-8 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (8) Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (KJV)
1 Cor 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. (KJV)
We read that to everyone is given God's grace according to the measure (limited portion) of the gift of God found in Christ. God has predestined all His children to be personal expressions to the world of the saving grace found in Christ. Jesus Christ is God's gift to the world, and each saint of God processes a proper portion of this gift.
The question before us is simple. Are we allowing ourselves to be God's gift in Christ to the world also? During this season of giving lest us examine this simple question.
Rom 12:6-16 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (7) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; (8) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. (9) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (10) Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (13) Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. (14) Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (16) Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (KJV)
1 Cor 12:1-6 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. (2) Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. (3) Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. (4) Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (5) And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. (6) And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. (KJV)
We all must understand that we also are God's gifts to this earth in a fashion similar to the gift we see in Christ. The Bible teaches that to one person is given the gift of ministry, while to another exhortation, and to another the gift of teaching.
We find in the writings of Paul that mercy, cheerfulness, and different administrations are given as gifts by Jesus Christ. Paul also stated that there are diversities of gifts and differences of administrations by the same God and Spirit. God may desire to give our gift to the world, or maybe to His church, or maybe in ministry to our own home and family.
We are all God's gift to this world we must allow His gift to be expressed through us.
Proportion of Faith
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)
Paul wrote that our proportion of faith will determine our manifestation of God's gift through us. Paul also wrote that the revelation of God in our lives is determined by the degree of faith we walk in. Should this fact be true, then the opposite fact should also be true. As faith opens for us the will of God, then unbelief must frustrate the manifestation of His gift in us.
1 Pet 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (KJV)
God has called us to be good stewards of His grace and gifting in us. Its important we minister in our gifting not our religious ambition. God's grace can only be found in the center of His gift in us. A sure way to frustrate ourselves in Christ is to continue ministry outside of our gift and calling.
During this Christmas season let us ponder for a moment God's gift in us, and let us take an honest evaluation of our expression of His gift. Are we allowing our faith to release God's gift? Is our divine gifting touching the world we live in?