It costs to give a gift, and Christmas-time reminds us of this.

There are two ways we might give – begrudgingly, ‘because Aunt Betty always expects one’… Or willingly, with love and excitement in the hope that our gift will bring joy.

Whatever our attitude in giving, the cost is there. We have spent our money, energy and time to get that present under the tree.

But is the cost worth it?

Most days we sacrifice ourselves for someone or something.

God understands sacrifice, because he sent his son Jesus as our gift. He couldn’t have given anything more valuable in order to pay the price for our rejection of him.

And it’s only when we understand the magnitude of what he’s done in setting us free that we can give to others without expecting reward or payment. We’re giving from a place of blessing and joy.

Giving isn’t easy, and it should be done thoughtfully. But I pray the love of Christ would propel us to sacrifice for others because we know what’s already been done for us.

“Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT)

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