The Spirit of Giving

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Luke 1:39-41 (NLT)

A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Marys greeting, Elizabeths child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”

 I discovered a devotional written by Pastor Jack Hayford that tells of how we should treat this Christmas season. It tells of how it is much more important to give than to receive. He states, “There is a seldom noticed yet preciously tender lesson to be found in Mary’s actions immediately following the angel’s visit announcing her role as bearer of the Christ Child. She had been told that her cousin Elizabeth was also experiencing an unusual, though different, visitation of God’s grace: that now late in life, she was in the sixth month of pregnancy with her first child (Luke 1:36). Now, almost immediately after she has discovered that she, Mary of Nazareth, is about to become the most unique woman in history, notice how beautifully her attention turns from herself to a need where she can serve. She travels to help Elizabeth, and verse 56 says that Mary stayed with her aged relative and served her until Elizabeth’s baby was delivered. This could well become our most important Christmas lesson for this year. Mary demonstrates a principle of God’s love in action: “May I be more concerned to assist the fulfillment of what the Lord is doing in another person than I am with what He is doing in me” (Celebrate! Daily Devotions for the Spirit-Filled Life, Jack W. Hayford, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1992, page: December 9). This story reminds me of a wonderful young lady I encountered recently, who when asked what she wanted for Christmas replied, “I don’t want to get, I want to give!” Oh that we could learn this lesson not only at Christmas time but all year round.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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