Christmas is the season for giving.

God gave His Son. Wise men gave gifts to Jesus. We give gifts to loved ones. When we think of gifts we often think of receiving gifts. But Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). This Christmas, let’s think about the blessing of giving gifts.

The best gifts of Christmas are not under a tree. They are love, joy, peace, and hope. So this Christmas, let’s put an emphasis on giving these gifts. Give love to those who are hurting and unloved. Give joy to those who are sad and mourning. Give peace to those who are restless and fearful. Give hope to those who are hopeless and lost. Why? It is more blessed to give these gifts than to receive them. When you give love, joy, peace and hope you will receive blessings.

What are some of the blessings of giving?

Giving makes God happy.

God is always pleased when praises and thanksgivings are given to him by the less privileged when they received gifts from generous givers (2 Corinthians 9:11-12). Giving reflects the nature and character of God, and this is partly why God loves cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:7). Giving delights God because it blesses those He loves, solves the deepest human problems. Giving advances His Kingdom.

Giving destroys the power of selfishness.

Human nature is inherently selfish and greedy. Giving can be painful but will eventually break the selfish streak of our human nature. It makes us die to self, and makes us more God-like. You are more like God when you give than just about anything you can do. Giving in God’s economy is counted as good works that delivers divine promises in this world and the world to come (2 Corinthians 9:9, 1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Giving trusts in God’s provision.

Many people don’t give often because of the fear that they will run out of resources and supply. But great givers trust in divine provision. They believe in what is written in Luke 6:38 – “Give and it shall be given to you.” It takes faith and courage in God to believe the divine principle that he who scatters shall yet increase and the generous man shall be prosperous and enriched (Proverbs 11:24-25). This divine principle does not make sense to the natural and rational mind. Faith in God expressed for divine provision pleases Him.

Giving invites God’s intervention.

Giving is a gracious act that qualifies the giver for divine intervention. A real story was told of Dorcas in Acts 9:36-43 who was a generous giver. She was also fond of making and giving clothes to widows. This woman suddenly died. However, because of her renowned good deeds, her church in Joppa refused to accept the verdict. They sent for the Apostle Peter who was in a neighboring city to come and pray for her. And the apostle eventually raised her from death. Many other examples abound in the Bible of divine intervention provoked by giving (Malachi 3:10-12).

God does not judge us based on what we give but on what we could have given (Mark 12:41-44). Receive grace to be generous and to have faith for divine provision. I hope you will be blessed greatly this Christmas because you gave greatly.