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Joyful Giving

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11 (ESV)

For many people, this time of the year is as exciting as it is stressful. There’s the joy of receiving a present or two for Christmas, but there’s also the pressure of trying to find a gift for your friends and loved ones.

This can often be a difficult task with much to consider: Is it in his size? Will she actually like my gift? Is it within my budget? It’s no wonder there are many who can’t wait for December 26!

Yet, with all the strife that’s involved in choosing the right gift, I’m sure every one of us can think of at least one occasion where we were more excited to give someone their gift than to receive our own.

Something you want to watch them open and react to upon first discovering your gift. That perfect thing that you just know they’ll love and cherish. A present that you just knew you had to give them, no matter how much it costed you or how much time it took to prepare it.

If we, with our limited skills and resources, can feel that kind of joy in giving earthly gifts to others, how much more joy would our Father have when giving His heavenly gifts to us?

This month in the lead-up to Christmas, Every Nation Canberra has been focusing on the gift of Jesus, and how this gift brings us further gifts of love, life and peace to name a few.

From the lessons presented by Mark, Alex, and Ganns on these gifts, God’s graciousness is clear. In His overwhelming love for us, God gave us these gifts, despite the cost He paid as Christ on the cross.

This season, as many of us spend time together receiving gifts to take with us into the new decade, I would encourage you to really appreciate what’s been given to you this year. Not just by our family and our friends, but by our Heavenly Father, who joyfully gave us gifts that cannot be compared to any other.


Nathan Ricabo is a young professional from Canberra.