And so it begins….

Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

And so it begins – Black Friday is upon us. The stores are packed. Credit cards are being pushed to the limit. People have been out for hours buying stuff. Lots and lots of stuff.

Why? Why are we so focused on getting and giving big elaborate things to people who will probably never be satisfied with what they get? I sound like a Scrooge, don’t I?!

But let’s not look at the “what” that we give but rather let’s look at the “why”. Do you give people things because you have to or because you want to? I mean, really, stop and think about it for a minute. Think about all the people on your list this year. How many of those do you get gifts for because you feel that you have to to keep peace in the family?

Jesus is reminding us here that what you use to measure out with, that is what you will be given back. So, if you give out of necessity, you receive with the same spirit. Is that the way that you want to receive things, out of a sense of duty? I want to receive in the spirit of love and the desire to show it.

That’s the thing about Jesus, He doesn’t give to us out of duty. He always gives to us out of love and the desire to show it. He wants to give us so much that He has to press down the blessings and give them to us running over. There is no duty attached to His giving. He owes us nothing because He gave us everything.

So today, and this weekend, as buying for Christmas gets into full swing, look at your motives. Determine your reasons for giving to each person on your list. Find the gift that will say exactly how you feel about them – or at least try to do so. Giving should be an expression of love, not a duty.

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