Happy Holidays Greetings from Supernatural Truth in Christ! Are you broke? I am! Isn’t that wonderful?
What a way to start a post, don’t you think? With the debate on whether or not it’s Anti-Christ to celebrate Christmas, those of us who are too broke to spend anything on presents or activities get to just stand back and watch the arrows fly. If you’re not broke, please send your donations to… Nah just kidding, that’s not why I’m writing this!
For those of us who celebrate Christmas, I’m confident that if you might not have been broke going in, some of us may be that much closer to being broke coming out. There was a time that I worked very hard all year long just to be penniless when the holiday smoke cleared.
For those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, well, I congratulate you over your wise business decision, and also congratulate you for the holiday stress that you’ll be avoiding (at least with the exception of all of the occurrences of people giving you trouble for not celebrating Christmas, and traffic, both of which gets old quickly I’m sure.)
Regardless, there’s quite a bit of stress this time of year for an ample amount of reasons, whether or not you celebrate any holiday. For some, it’s much worse than others. That’s where I’m going with this post.
Putting all lightheartedness aside, there’s something in particular I feel lead to address.
The malls fill up as do the roads this time of year. People excited about their long overdue vacation time, or seeing relatives for the first time this year; buying, wrapping, and hiding gifts; making sure the bird is thawed out, picking your tree up off the floor after an assault from the cat, replacing those annoying little bulbs on several hundred feet of Christmas lights, etc..
As you trudge through all of these holiday traditions, please stay mindful to keep watch in your comings and goings for those people that are standing roadside with a sign. “Anything helps,” “Will work for food,” “Please Help,” you know the signs I’m talking about. How often is their Happy Holidays Greetings a car full of people who try not to look at them, because if they pretend to not notice and avoid eye contact, they won’t feel bad. Being viewed as stains on the scenery by some, complained about by others. Out in the frigid weather doing what most of us have never had to do, beg and hope for the mercy of others. Is this something that matters to us who either celebrate Christmas or not, or are on the fence about it?
In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter at all. Nor should it matter what time of year it is in the first place. People tend to be more charitable around Christmas time, so those who would be standing roadside looking for anything to help their situation, feel more likely to find some sort of relief.
“Well I work hard for the money I have, why should I give it to someone who’s just standing there?”
Work? YOU stand out there in temperatures that will freeze your breath to your face, usually standing still (which is worse) knowing what people are thinking of you as they just drive on by, and having to swallow the humiliation of having no choice but to beg. In my opinion (again) they’re earning every cent of whatever they wind up with.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
Nobody stands out there so they can be minimized and judged, much less by people who are so dependant on the mercy and love of the Father. There’s rich people that shell out millions of dollars to cover up their humiliation. These people are forced to stand in the face of it in order to have some kind of relief. So what’s it worth?
The Lord Loveth a Cheerful Giver
It’s wildly popular these days to give so that you can get a return by the Lord. It’s true that Jesus himself did say…
Luke 6: King James Bible
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.
I’ll be the first to tell you, (and this is coming from someone who depends on donations, by the way) that giving for the sake of receiving will not be blessed in the end. Oh yeah, Jesus is telling the truth, no doubt. But there’s not too much ever said about the last part, “For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
When reading that particular sentence, it’s easy to assume that Jesus is talking about amount. I’d suggest looking deeper into that than just a dollar amount, or a frequency. Let’s take a look at a verse that we find in 2 Corinthians 9 to help us out, and discover something that I think is overlooked in the giving department.
2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
So, between the two verses, we can ascertain that if the measure we give is grudgingly, we’ll grudgingly receive. Or, if we give of necessity, we’ll receive in kind. And thankfully, when we give cheerfully, we’ll receive cheerfully! Which sounds much better to me than receiving grudgingly.
How can we discern between giving cheerfully and giving grudgingly, or for any other reason? Paul gives us some insight into the answer to that question.
1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Profit courtesy of Dictionary.com
1. Often, profits.
pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction.
Compare gross profit, net profit.
the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested.
returns, proceeds, or revenue, as from property or investments.
2. the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.
3. advantage; benefit; gain.
verb (used without object)
4. to gain an advantage or benefit:
He profited greatly from his schooling.
5. to make a profit.
6. to take advantage: to profit from the weaknesses of others.
7. to be of service or benefit.
8. to make progress.
Of all the verses above, there is only one mention of profiting from anything, and it so happens to be as it relates to having charity in giving. Clearly from the description that Paul gives us above, charity is a spiritual condition, or to put it another way, a supernaturally charged heart condition.
We all reap what we sow, and none of this cancels out anything that the Lord Jesus had to say about giving, but elaborates on it. From these verses, the only way to get anything from the Father in a manner that isn’t just paying you back what you gave, but instead to profit from it, is doing whatever it is you’re doing through charity. Other versions of the Bible convert the word charity in these verses with the word love. KJV says charity, so I believe that’s what the Father had intended to preserve.
So why did I bring these things up about charity and giving? Because too many people out there are taught “If you want something, you have to give something,” instead of “If you want to help someone and be a blessing, then give with all joy and bless them.” There’s a HUGE difference between the two.
To Wrap up Happy Holidays Greetings (pun intended)
I’ve got a handful of questions for you to ask yourself. Grab a piece of paper, and jot your answers down in one sentence per question.
- Why do Christians appear to be among the cheapest group of people on the planet, often being out given by those who don’t have Christ?
- If you are a giver, is your heart right about it? (Done in charity and love instead of looking for a payday from the Father, because you feel like you have to or else, or bragging rights)
- Are you that guy or woman, who tries to avoid eye contact with the man standing there at an intersection, desperate and in need of some relief?
- Why would we reserve the thought to give only around the holidays, when Jesus is King of Kings every day?
- When we can plainly observe what Jesus would have us do, why don’t we do it?
I leave you with those questions to contemplate between you and the Lord. Bottom line is, how you honestly you answer those five questions that you jotted down on that piece of paper, will show you exactly what the intent of your heart is.
Honesty is key, that is if you’re serious about the Lord moving in your life. You might be able to fool others, and maybe even fool yourself. But there’s no talking God into something that he knows isn’t true. And that goes for every element of your life, not just this topic.
Well, I hope someone gets blessed as a result of this article! Maybe convicted to do the right thing if they’re in a position to do so. Not everyone is in a position to give financially. So why not pull over and ask the person standing there with their sign requesting help, and let them know, “Hey, I wish I had money to help you out, but I don’t. But I would just like for you to know, that I see you. And there is a God in Heaven, and he sees you & I’ll be praying for you.”
For some people who are having a terrible go at life, that might just be the kindest thing anyone might have said to that person. You never know…
Happy Holidays greetings to you and all of yours, and thank you for reading!