Christmas was yesterday. The birth of Jesus is the greatest gift the world has ever known. The wise men brought valuable treasures to be sure, but the most precious gift was rocked to sleep by Mary. The first odd thought I had today, the day after Christmas, was about gift exchange. Although some gifts can and should be returned, the gift of God’s love is often swapped for things of lesser value. Exchanging God’s gift would be tragic. For those of us that have accepted, we are called to re-gift!
And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. (Matthew 10:7-8, ESV)
These verses are part of Jesus’s instructions to the Apostles when he sent them out to minister. Jesus preached the Gospel message for three years of his earthly ministry, but his work with the disciples was about preparing them to carry on. Jesus was the gift, but he also equipped his followers to keep on giving. The Gospel is a gift to be shared!