We Give Because He Gave - Your Daily Forward Devotional

We Give Because He Gave

 

December 25


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Read Matthew 2:9-11

After they had heard the King, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

 

Reflect

How can you worship Christ today? What gifts can you bring to Him?

 

God doesn't need our gifts. He's God! Everything we have came from Him. He is perfect and complete. There isn't anything that He needs. So why did the Magi bring Him gifts? And gifts so impractical for a baby. I mean, what is a baby going to do with gold and fragrant incense?

 

Well, the gifts the wisemen brought reveal something about the recipient. Jesus may not have needed these gifts, but they show us that the Magi understood who Jesus is. They gave Jesus gold, a gift fit for a king. Incense is a gift given to God as a fragrant offering. The priests would burn a special blend of incense on the altar, which symbolized prayers rising to God. Myrrh was an ointment used in the embalming process.

 

The Magi knew that He is royalty, He is deity, and they knew that He was going to suffer and die. Jesus is our King, our God, and our Messiah. The wise men knew that Jesus was worthy of the expensive gifts and that He was worthy of their worship.

 

So why do we give gifts to Jesus if He doesn't have any need for them? Because our gifts show that we understand who He is. It shows that we know He is worthy of our worship, honor, and praise.

 

We also give to God because He first gave to us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Why did God give Jesus to us? Because He loved us. Why should we give gifts to Him? Because we love Him.

 

Friends, on this day of giving and receiving of gifts, let's not forget the reason why we give. We give to those we love because God loved us first and gave us Jesus. And while we are giving generously, let's not forget to give Jesus the gift of our worship. He is our King, He is our God, and He is our Messiah. He is worthy of our honor and praise. He doesn't need our gifts, but He surely deserves them.

 

Pray

God, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus! You gave Him to me though I did not deserve Him. All I can give is my worship and praise, which You definitely deserve. You are my King, my God, and my Savior! Amen.

 


~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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I think most of us feel unworthy of HIs grace because we are! But God in His loving-kindness reaches out and blesses us. It goes against our old nature to give freely, but because of His grace, we can! I pray we will!
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Lord Jesus, You are the great Gift for all of mankind and I want to thank You for coming into my life and providing me with the comforting Holy Spirit. I praise You.
He will continue to Seek Him. Psalm 119 helped me alot in growing in my relationship with Christ Jesus through The Holy Spirit. Ask The Holy Spirit to teach you His ways, and with an obedient, surrendered, patient heart. You will be amazed, I've been walking with JESUS for 27 years, trials, tests, struggles, pain (physical and emotional) through it all Jesus has been Faithful to see me through 👍 and I would not change one thing for the spiritual growth and maturity.
Very well explained. May Father continue to give you His wisdom to deliver the Good News "The Gospel of Jesus Christ "! Our Lord of Lords and King of Kings 👑. Jesus deserves all of our Praise and Honor!
Thanks to Almighty God and pastor Nat merry Christmas to everybody and happy weekend
Thank you God for sending your son to us
Thank you God for sending your Son Jesus Christ,
Thank you, Pastor Nat. Blessed Christmas to all!
Thank you for Jesus our perfect gift to eternal life. Help me to render my praise and thanks daily in worshiping. All I possess is not mine but for and to God I must give at Christmas. Thank you Pastor Nat for this reminder. May God bless you, your family and the Go Tandem Team for blessing me and encouraging teaching scriptures daily. I am learning and growing- your 'moto' Everdsy I look forward to reading and digest ponder and reflect, and share too. I often go back to past teachings too. Thank you Jesus. Amen.
Thank you, Pastor Nat. Blessed Christmas to all!
Amen..thank you El Shaddai
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Amen🙏 ! Thank You Jesus!
Jesus, teach me to give freely and without jealousy. I am not worthy of the blessings you have given me. Please help me share as you have. Amen
Amen.,
Amen...Merry Christmas!
Amen
Amen
Thank You JESUS For being everything I need Amen
Blessings.. Jesus is Lord of Lords.
i love all the contents/my god is my SAVIOR.love
Lord I am so grateful to You for giving us Your One and Only Son to be our Savior. All the praise, honor, and glory belong to You. Lord allow me to be a blessing to others and show them how to love as You have sent Jesus to show us. Thank You Lord. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Lord I am so grateful to You for giving us Your One and Only Son to be our Savior. All the praise, honor, and glory belong to You. Lord allow me to be a blessing to others and show them how to love as You have sent Jesus to show us. Thank You Lord. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thank You, God, for giving us Your Son, the Light of the world, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus would bear our sin and shame on the cross so that we could live eternally, restored and reconciled to the One who made us. Hallelujah, what a Savior! 🙌
The message is very uplifting. Thank you Lord Jesus for your never ending love.
Thank you Pastor Nat for your continued ministry.
Thank you for all You have given us!
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.
Thank you, Lord, for rescuing us from the life of sin. We praise You, we honor You just because You are worthy, You are faithful, You are our rock. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Jesus oh how wonderful you are and you are worthy of all praise and glory! I give my life to you as a living sacrifice so that your light will shine through me for your glory. Your light in us the hope of glory! Amen
Thank.you Lord Jesus for your gift of salvation.
Praise God, thanking You for the Gift of Salvation and eternal life. Glory to God!
Thanks for giving me Life. Amen
Glory to the Most High!! God’s love endures forever. A remarkable moment on that First Christmas.
Thank you Jesus for bringing the good news to me.
amen thank u lord jesus