Christmas Is A Time To Give In Celebration Of The Birth of Christ

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   12/12/2011

It is that time of year when mailboxes become overflowing with envelopes that are filled with glittering cards, family photos and wish lists.

Of course, numerous fundraising campaigns and charity requests also come pouring out of the sky like snow each winter.

When the decorations begin to parade the malls and every wall and city begins to be dotted with snow and bright lights, mailboxes also begin to fill with requests for giving.

The Christmas season is always known as the time where most people are more generous, and many are even specifically looking for charities and fundraisers to offer a small portion of their paycheck to.

Various options are available to fit each person’s giving desires. All of these campaigns, Angel tree, Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child, offer an outlet for those looking to purchase Christmas gifts for children around the country and around the world who will not, otherwise, be receiving gifts.

Then there are other types of fundraisers such as Make a Wish Foundation, Gifts of Hope, My Two Front Teeth, Operation Baby Rescue and numerous others that focus on reaching other basic needs for children and communities around the world. Each one of these organizations provide various ways to reach out a helping hand to those in need this Christmas.

As the season is now upon us and these options lay at our fingertips, it is appropriate to begin to ponder the question of why people give to various organizations and charities specifically around Christmas.

Is it out of obligation or to fulfill a Christian duty? Or is it from pure and genuine desire to be the hands and feet of Christ this season by helping someone in need?

How can we be so quick to give a present to a Christian charity or to a good cause because it is considered the “right thing to do” when we are not even giving our hearts to the One this season is all about? That would be the ultimate gift to give back to Christ this Christmas.

Living as a Christ-follower, the purpose and meaning of life is solely to serve and honor the one true God--our Savior, Jesus Christ. So, shouldn’t giving during the Christmas season stem from this mindset and lifestyle?

After all, the Christmas holiday is when Christ was first sent to us in the form of a baby in a manger, to later be the one that rescues us from the path leading us to the road of death. Christ came to be our saving grace and this is the season to celebrate this ultimate, sacrificial gift that God gave us.

With this said, Christmas is a perfect time to give to these organizations that are reaching out to the less fortunate and to those who may have never heard of Christ. But this should surface from the ultimate love and dedication we have to our Savior and not out of any form of obligation or something to simply be checked off of our holiday checklist.

Be encouraged this Christmas to continue giving to these charities and organizations (whether it is something you have ever done before or not). But this Christmas, make the decision to give be a result of the praise and reflection that comes from the true meaning of Christmas. God sent us His ultimate gift to us on Christmas, by sending His only son, in the form of a baby in a manger.

Let it be something that Christ gives you a passion for, and let it be something you do merely to continue serving and praising God for what He has done and will continue to do in your lives and the lives of those around you.

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