I believe one of our main purposes in life is to give. The reason is simple. God is a giver. We celebrate Christmas because God loved the world so much he gave. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus, the seed is in you to be a giver just like God. It must be cultivated and watered in order for it to grow.
All of creation points to giving. Nothing new can be reproduced unless giving takes place. A child is born because a man and a woman give themselves to one another sexually. A seed is planted and a baby is formed and born. It is the same in the animal kingdom. Seeds are produced in plants because of pollination. The bees carry male seed to female seed in plants which creates more seed for more crops to grow.
As we give ourselves in relationships, we have relationships with people. Proverbs 18:24 tells us when we show ourselves to be friendly, we will have many friends. As we refresh others, we will be refreshed, (Pr.11:25). It’s interesting to see that those who do not give themselves to others tend to be alone as they age because they never gave.
Becoming more of a giver occurs as we meditate on who God made us to be in Christ. As Christians, it’s in our genes to be givers. The more we realize we are like Father God and Jesus the more we will look like them. What we think about will determine our actions. Children imitate their parents. They watch them and what they see becomes pictures in their mind. Some of us didn’t have very good examples in our earthly parents and even if we had good ones, they weren’t perfect. That’s why it is important for us to read and meditate on the bible because it reveals God’s loving, giving character.
We won’t become something only by thinking about it. Actions must follow. Michael Jordan did not become the world’s best basketball player by just thinking about it. He tells how he would see himself making shots, but he also practiced with the team and by himself. He never spent the same amount of time doing that with baseball and was not as good.
Not only through meditation on God’s word do we become more of a giver, but also as we watch people who are givers. Hebrews tells us to follow the example of those who imitate Christ. I have learned a lot as I watch those i know and do not know give to others. Oftentimes, the problem with real givers is we don’t always hear about what they’ve done because they aren’t bragging about it. It’s important to keep a watchful eye out for them. I like to find ideas on the internet of unique ways of giving to others.
Keep in mind that when we do not live a life of giving we dry up, become bitter, unthankful and die. Take the Dead Sea as an example. It has water flowing into it, but not out of it. That’s why it is called the Dead Sea. There are no fish or any kind of swimming, squirming creatures living in or near the water. The water in the Dead Sea is deadly to most living things. The reason is because it does not give out.
My exhortation is Live to Give, not to get something in return, but to be like God since we are like him because we are in Christ. There is no greater fulfillment in life than to imitate the one who created us and gave his son for us.
I pray you have a Merry Christmas and that you pursue a life of giving because you want to be more like your Father in heaven.