The Gift of Generosity is for Life… not Just for Christmas!

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The Gift of Generosity is for Life… not Just for Christmas!

Can you believe we have arrived in December 2020 despite the turbulence the world is undergoing?  Vaccine or no Vaccine is running for first place alongside masks, social distancing, testing and tiers.  On the inside lane looking to overtake are Christmas presents, food and wine, who can be invited and who will dine alone.

In the midst of all these factors can we pause and acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas, can we see the Gift of Generosity that each and everyone has under the Tree of Life?  Rev 22:2

God gifted His Son as the Greatest Act of Love to die and free us from sin.  God did not enable Jesus to miraculously appear and redeem us; He was born and lived among us as a human.  Here, we can take strength from knowing that He knows the challenges we face and gave us realistic examples of how to get through them by encouraging us to live in Love.

When Christ was born He was celebrated by very important people who held important roles.  They all worshipped Him, met Him at His most vulnerable position despite His humble beginnings.

  • The Shepherds – They held one of the least respected job titles in their community, yet God saw them as worthy individuals to be a witness to Christ’s birth.

Christ is the ultimate Shepherd and the Lamb, prepared to protect and to provide Himself as a sacrifice.

  • The Wise Men – These wealthy individuals brought gifts to anoint the King for His life and anoint Him after His death – Christ is the Provider of our purpose, The Oil, The Fragrance and The Wealth
  • The Angels – Bringing the Good News to all regardless of their status – Christ is the Supernatural, as we are inspired by Him to live out our purpose in ways that cannot at times be explained.

 

 

 

Giving and Generosity

Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan is a parable which illustrates the true meaning of giving and generosity.  The road represents ‘life’ where we face challenges have a destination and a purpose.

Here are interchangeable positions we may all find ourselves on this Road of Life.

  • The Priest and the Levite represent individuals who are bound by being right, literally and figuratively. They are extremely arrogant and clearly focused on the status they hold within their community and how they are perceived.  Ornate in Religion and Tradition, (without  Mercy) they are not even phased that Mercy is not limited or given to meet their needs alone.
  • The Robbers – Stealers of joy and peace, identity, interrupting of one’s journey, constantly profiting from vulnerable people who travel alone. Do you know when you are at risk or susceptible?
  • The Hotelier – Hospitable and open with the unfamiliar respectfully and honestly. Regardless of social standing, sexuality, race or political views you support is conducted in love and integrity.
  • The Traveller – Can you accept help from a stranger or are you focusing on the importance of the packaging? God provides help through people and not only through means of the supernatural.
  • The Samaritan – Welcomes anyone who is accepting of help despite their background, race or beliefs.

For Christmas 2020 here are 12 Gifts that may re-shape your positions, perceptions and your preconceptions as you journey on this Road of Life and enter into this unfamiliar season.  This parable encourages us to look introspectively on how we can and do give consistently all year round, wrapped with Hebrews 13.

  • Love – This gift is the King of Gifts, without this, the others will not be sustainable, should be handled with care – as it should not be limited to those we know, like and aspire too. v:1
  • Hospitality – How are you in being hospitable to the drunk, homeless and those less favourable in your community (God thought highly of the shepherds) – do you walk by like the Pharisee and Levite? v:2
  • Companionship – Can you make yourself available to those less fortunate even during this current climate? Be creative – v:3
  • Relationships – Are you committed to being pure and honourable in all your relationships, are you prepared to go out of your way like The Samaritan? v:4
  • Patronage – What do you invest your blessings in to and what rate of interest are you looking for in return? v:5
  • Confidence – Can you be vulnerable – stripped naked of self-worth, left abandoned in despair and still be trusted to accept The Help? v:6
  • Authority – Can you pray in love for your Leaders in your homes, place of worship and government – even those who ignore your needs? This includes ‘you’, remember you are the leader over yourself and your God-given purpose. v:7, 17
  • Grace – Look for ways to offer help to those with kindness and elegance regardless of religion or personal gain – The Hotelier did not question the Samaritan or the Travellers on their backgrounds. v:9
  • Praise – Is your worship dependant on the gifts you receive? This sacrificial gift constantly bears fruits, of doing good and thanking God – try it and see! v:15
  • Compassion – What consideration do you require when you are faced with challenges on the Road of Life? Kindness, empathy and genuine concern are components that generate compassion, God is extremely pleased when you are able to show this. v:16
  • Honourable – Are your actions towards others fair, honest, fair, and respectful? Search your motive, moral and integrity dials when supporting everyone v:18
  • God’s Peace – This gift is not dependant on what you receive over the holidays but on the Promise of being redeemed by the Lamb. Finding support through those willing to help like (the Samaritan) may clear the fog of uncertainties that will ultimately lead you to the Peace of God. v:20

Now, these gifts are not unapproachable, unavailable or unachievable.  They are all attainable when you remember the Gifts you too have received whilst on your Road of Life!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

If you need someone to talk to

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PAPYRUS – Young suicide prevention society.

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Refuge – Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

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