Monday, December 19, 2011

If it costs you nothing?

No doubt you'll receive a few gifts this Christmas. Some gifts you'll love, others you'll think are weird, and others you'll end up giving away. Think back to all the gifts you've received and ask yourself which ones meant the most to you?  The funny thing is that most of the things that you "just had to have"  back then and ended up getting, you really don't remember too well anymore. All the special video games and battery-operated cars, the barbie dream house, the skateboard, etc.. are all probably in the trash now and long gone.

The gifts that have always meant the most to me weren't the really expensive gifts or even the things I was expecting. Sometimes they weren't really "things" at all.  The most valuable gifts I've received are those things that showed that the person really sacrificed something in order to give me the gift.  They thought about me, I mean really thought about what I'd like, and they spent time and energy either making or creating this gift, or saving their hard-earned money to buy it.  Even better, the gifts I remember are the ones that come from the heart and express a bond, an affection, an appreciation that is uniquely shared between the giver and the receiver.  It could be something handmade or a special photo album or someone volunteering their help or time when I know they don't have much of either.

Why then, when we appreciate these sorts of gifts so much, do we not give the same type of gifts to our Heavenly Father?  But, you may say, what can we give to God that He doesn't already have?  We can give Him ourselves. And I don't just mean becoming a Christian. (Which is essentially receiving His gift to us, anyway) But I mean giving of our time, our energy, our thoughts--giving him something that costs us something. God wants us. He wants to hang out with us, know us, talk to us.. yet how often do we say a quick prayer in passing or forget to read the Bible because hey, we're all so busy!!! 

King David understood this well.  In 2 Samuel 24, we see that once again Israel has turned from God and become disobedient. To chastise them, God sends a plague for three days in which over 70,000 people died. The destroying angel was about to wipe out everyone in Jerusalem as well when David happened upon him and took the prophet Gad's advice and decided to build an altar right there where the angel was standing and offer sacrifices to God to stop the plague. The man who owned the land told David he could have the land for free and his oxen too. Listen to what David said:

No, but I will buy it of you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God of that which costs me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver 2 Samuel 24:24

So what can we offer to God that will cost us something? Can we offer our precious time? Our money even though we dont' have much? Our unbridled obedience? Our non-stop worship? How about fasting if God calls us to do that? Can we offer Him all we have? 

Or do we just toss gifts His way that really haven't cost us very much at all. I wonder how that makes Him feel?  Especially when He gave us the greatest gift and sacrifice of all.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties as a living sacrifice, holy devoted, consecrated and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship. Romans 12:1 Amplified

So, why don't you give God a great gift this year!!! Why not give Him You!


  1. Great post, MaryLu! Something we should ALWAYS think about, not just at Christmas.

  2. Mon Dec 19th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Excellent post ... all I can say is: "Amen, and, Amen" !!!
    Thanks so much for sharing yet again, another timely Word in due season ... literally !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  3. Wonderful post! I think we tend to think that the only way we can please God is by doing the “big things” for Him, such as becoming a pastor of a church, going on foreign mission, giving lots of money to the church or a charity, and so on. But God is pleased when we trust Him and we are obedient to Him. We forget that we can serve God right where we are in our everyday lives. And indeed, that is the best gift we can give Him! =D

  4. Great post, MaryLu, I totally agree. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Thanks Ladies! So glad you were blessed by this post! It's such a busy time of year and we all tend to get stressed and worn out. I know God didn't want that to be the case when we celebrate His Son's birth. So, take a deep breath and find that peaceful place with God.. if only for a few minutes.. I know I need it!

  6. By the way, I love the Christmas gifts picture you found for this post. I set it as my computer background ;)

  7. Hmmm...this made me think-I mean really think! I have always hated when someone just give me a gift card, or an envelope with money (like at birthdays). It always made me wonder if I wasn't worth the effort to really put some thought into it. I guess I never really considered how it could be the same with God. I can see your point, and boy do I feel convicted! Thank you for sharing. :)