6 Kingdom Principles to Remember when Giving this Holiday Season
The end of the year is a time of family, gratitude, and gift-giving. But it can also be a time when people focus on superficial things that don’t truly matter. Whether you celebrate Christmas through gift-giving or not, it is important to keep these 6 kingdom principles in mind when giving.
1. Don’t forget about Christ
It is easy to become so consumed with picking out the best gifts that you forget the true reason for the season. Before you spend any money or pick out any gifts, be reminded of all that Christ has done, and how He has blessed you to be a blessing.
2. Your time and attention can be more valuable than money
In our fast-paced culture of gift-giving, sometimes it’s good to give more than just gifts or money. Remember: A gift has a price tag, but your time and attention are worth more than anything money could buy
3. Don’t solely focus on the holiday
Being generous during one holiday serves little value if the rest of the year you are selfish, too busy to spend time with people, and lack respect for those around you. The holidays should be a heightened time of giving, love and quality time. Use the Christmas season to practice the gratitude and selflessness that you are to demonstrate year-round.
4. Focus on quality over quantity
There is an epidemic in our country of people who have a lot of stuff, but are still in poverty internally. This is largely because people invest in things that boost their image and ego, but hold little mental or spiritual value. This is why giving meaningful and valuable things is so important. The quality of what you give – whether it be time, attention or a physical gift – can sometimes have a greater impact than the quantity.
5. Don’t go in debt
All throughout the country, families feel great pressure to give the most expensive, most extravagant gifts to their loved ones, even if this means they have to go in debt to do it. As Christians, we are called to be givers (not just in December, but year-round), but we are also called to use Biblical wisdom, prudence and self-control in our finances. Here are 3 kingdom principles to follow when spending money on gifts for loved ones, especially during the Christmas season:
- If you have to give up tithing to buy them something, it’s not worth it.
- If you have to put money on a credit card or take out a loan to buy it, it may not be wise.
- If you are giving solely because of pressure or manipulation from others or society, it may not be the best idea.
Of course – always be led by God when giving. If He leads you to give, do it. Otherwise, use Biblical wisdom with your finances.
6. Be an authentic giver
Many people give solely because of the American, Christmas tradition, not because it’s on their heart to be a blessing. But giving out of tradition and obligation goes against God’s principle of being a cheerful giver.
“6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6
Before you give any gift, check your intentions. If you are giving because you feel pressured or obligated, then it may be an indicator that you are not walking in God’s principle of being a cheerful giver.
Let the Spirit of God come alive in you this holiday season! Let love abound, may you spend time on purpose and with intention, and may you be led by the Holy Spirit in every area of your life. Make sure you give God time and attention this holiday season….it is, after all, the reason for the season!
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