Weekly Devotional | December 21, 2017

Christmas: A Time for Giving

Luke 2:1-20

Charles StanleyChristmas is one of the happiest holidays because during this season, people are more generous than at any other time of the year. The practice of giving is not a recent innovation—it began on the first Christmas when Jesus was born. Everyone in the story had something to give.

  • When Mary submitted to God’s plan, she gave her body to be the first home of the incarnated Savior (Luke 1:30-38).
  • She also surrendered her good reputation in order to fulfill the Lord’s calling for her life.
  • Joseph offered his love and protection to Mary and the child who was not his own (Matt. 1:18-25).
  • An angel gave an announcement of the Messiah’s birth to some lowly shepherds who were watching their flocks at night.
  • A heavenly host of angels offered praise and glory to God.
  • The shepherds shared the first personal testimony about the Messiah.
  • The wise men relinquished the comfort of home to seek the newborn King and give Him gifts worthy of royalty (Matt. 2:1-11).

At first glance, these gifts may seem to pertain only to the first Christmas…

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