John 1:1-17; 3:16 “Give More”


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One of the greatest stressors during the Christmas season is what (and how much) to give to other people.  Whether it is your kids, your parents, or the obligatory gifts to extended relatives that we barely have a relationship with, knowing what to get them can be daunting.  Sometimes, this task is so overwhelming that we simply shut down, defaulting to a meaningless (and often disposable) gift, given out of duty rather than in love.

In the Advent season, we should look to the coming of Jesus as the center of our celebration.  Jesus’ own teachings, then, to follow His example ought to be what informs our giving. If we give gifts at Christmas because God “gave us the greatest gift of all,” what lessons can we learn by looking to His example.  God’s giving of Himself, the Incarnation of Jesus, wasn’t an act of obligation, it was a movement of love that should be the prime example for us to follow in our lives.

Questions to take home:

  1. What is one of the best gifts you ever received?  What is one of the best gifts you ever gave? What was it that made those gifts so great?  How can your giving this season reflect that to others?
  2. How would you define the word “Incarnation”?  What does that mean for the world and how can we use that as an example and directive for our giving around Christmas?
  3. Where do you see yourself defaulting to duty-bound or obligatory gift-giving this season?  How are you communicating about your relationship or God’s love in those moments? What is one way you could “Give More” to that person (those people) this year?