So here it is Christmas, the day that the Christians celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We Christians pretty well understand that this day December 25, isn’t the exact date of birth, but it’s been designated as an official day of celebration.
- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
The first official offering of a human to God is by the patriarch, Abraham, when he was instructed by God to do so:
- Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2)
Father God was teaching Abraham to give so that His principle of reciprocity could be enacted (to give to receive back from God–with God multiplying the return).
By Father God giving Jesus Christ to save mankind, He automatically generated His own principle–to receive man back to himself, multiplied!
Father God was planting (to put or set in the ground for growth, as a seed), to receive a harvest–man.
This giving principle is also known as sowing and reaping as seen below:
- Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. (Genesis 26:12);
- That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. (Lev 25:11);
- ‘This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And in the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. (2 Kings 19:29;
- Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same. (Job 4:8);
- Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. (Psalm 126:5)
- He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. (Proverbs 22:8);
- He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap. (Ecc 11:4);
Because of sin, God is the only person who will block the harvest as seen here:
- They have sown wheat but reaped thorns; They have put themselves to pain but do not profit. But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.” (Jere 12:13)
Restore yourself, turn from your sins, and God will reactivate your harvest:
- Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)
Jesus said regarding giving and receiving (sowing and reaping):
- But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Cor 9:6);
- Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Gal 6:7);
- For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Gal 6:8)
By Jesus Christ giving up His life, we received salvation and He receives all those who want Him voluntarily.
Gift Him your heartbeats, give Him you. Give Him and Honor Him of your worth, your family, your health, your finances. Gift Him your skills, your talents, live to give to serve the Lord, so that you can receive back in a multiplied manner.
- Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. (1 Samuel 12:24)
- My heart rejoices in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. (1 Samuel 2:1)
- A man’s gift makes room for Him, And brings Him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16)