Friday, December 1

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9As it is written,
 "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
 his righteousness endures forever."
10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Reflection

A lot of people will be spending the next few weeks running around their towns searching for the perfect gift for someone. Some may go to the mall and buy something for their friends and family or go to Toys-R-Us and buy everything their child asked for. Some may try and find the most expensive, flashy gift to impress their in-laws or the hottest trends so their teenager thinks they are cool.
 
I can remember last Christmas the joy that was brought to my heart when my 3-year-old niece brought me a present she made me. It was a piece of construction paper on which she had traced her hand and used paints and glitter to decorate. Did she spend loads of money? No. No money was used at all. Did she go to the biggest department store? No. She sat at her table and worked. She presented the gift to me with the biggest smile on her face and she was so proud of her work. Of course I loved every gift I received that day, but there was something so special about the gift from Sophia because it came from her heart and  was given with joy and love.
 
In today’s reading from 2 Corinthians, we are reminded that the gifts we give should not be given out of a sense of duty because God loves the one who gives gladly. We are reminded that he will always provide us with everything we need to fill ourselves, as well as helping to fill others. I challenge you this coming Christmas to give from the heart with the gifts that were provided to you by God.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for always providing me with exactly what I need and showing me the best way to use my gifts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Amanda Lawler

Administrative Assistant for Office and Communications

alawler@stjohns-springfield.org