This month, as we shop for just the right gift to give, I thought it timely to study giving. I feel like we just scratched the surface, but this month’s study is a look at examples of how God has given to us and also some “how-to” giving examples in the Bible. Click on the link below for the Bible study to do in your own time.
I have at times struggled in trying to understand as well as explain how everything we have comes from God. We, especially in America, feel strongly that we work hard for what we have and then at times find it hard to give that away, whether it’s our time, talents or treasure. But when we truly understand and then put our faith in how God has created it all, we understand none of it is really ours. We are caretakers. So giving back to God is a way of saying thanks. Even more so, sharing our time, talents and treasures with others in the true spirit of giving that God teaches, shares Him in a tangible way with others.
It can be as simple as a smile, spending time with family & friends instead of rushing around, or even caring for someone who could some light in their lives are all examples of giving. I’m trying this season to really be present instead of buying the perfect presents. I pray that this study helps us focus on giving the way God showed us in giving us the ultimate gift-Jesus and our salvation through Him.