“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  Matthew 6:3-4 NIV


Read:  Matthew 6:1-4


Within hours, we will hear “What did you get?” almost in every house across our nation.   We are so attuned to getting; we seem to have forgotten the real meaning of CHRISTMAS.


When someone asks ‘What did you get for CHRISTMAS?’;  joyfully tell them:   I got my SAVIOURS’ love!   There is no better gift you could receive.   And…be sure to prayerfully thank JESUS for loving you.  When you tell others of JESUS’ love, you have given them the best gift you could give.   You have given them the gospel message.


While you are counting your Blessings, count one more.   Thank your pastor for all he is doing.   Unless you are in a mega church, the chances are your pastor is tremendously under paid.   Most pastors of small to medium sized churches work 7 days a week, then the phone rings at 2 a.m. and he is off the hospital for someone’s emergency.  Be in the gifting mood.  Put a $20, $50, $100 or whatever you can give in an envelope and give it to your pastor with two sincere words;  “Thank you!”.


Prepare your heart to be a giver rather than a getter this coming year.  Keep in mind everything you have is a gift from GOD and all you can give is part of what HE has given you.


Today’s prayer: “Thank YOU, JESUS, for saving a wretch like me.   I owe YOU more than I could ever repay.   Please be with me this CHRISTMAS to spread YOUR good news; giving YOUR gospel instead of getting things I do not need.   Amen.”