This Christmas season, we encourage you to meet our church’s financial challenges by offering a “Christmas Gift to Jesus” on December 19th, 2010. A missionary to China once said, “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.” If our community of faith is to continue its work of Gospel proclamation, Christian discipleship and spiritual care at the same level that we have in the past, an “over and above offering” such as this is truly critical.
The theme of this offering is “Not Equal Giving but Equal Sacrifice.” When Jesus saw the widow give an offering of just two copper coins, he said, “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Mark 12:3-4. With Jesus even a poor person could give more than a rich person because it was the sacrificial proportion, not the amount, which mattered.
When Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus’ feet with a jar of perfume which cost a year’s wages, Judas criticized the offering, but Jesus defended the extravagant gift because he knew the passionate love that was behind it.
A sacrificial proportion given out of passionate love. That is what mattered to Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit of God guide you as you prayerfully consider how you can respond to this need and worship the Christ Child.
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