DATE: Monday, 26th Dec, 2016
MINISTRY: Emancipation Word Outreach
THEME: THE BOXING DAY
AUTHOR: Rev’d Israel A. Adegbite
TEXT: James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.
The boxing day is the first weekday after the Christmas. I used to think as a poor African child that a boxing day was a day of exchange of fist blows and jawbreaker knuckles. As I grew, I began to understand I was wrong. The boxing day is the day reserved for appreciating Christmas gift packages. The birth of Jesus Christ was the most precious gift of God packaged for mankind. This generosity, borne of unconditional love, is worthy of emulation. In our own little ways, Christians should practically express their Christlike love always, more so in this Yuletide season. Giving is the spirit of Noel. This is an important period to make others smile by extending to them godly benevolent hand. It is scriptural that giving begets giving. Gifts make room for the giver. God definitely gave Jesus; can you package your life as a tangible gift of living sacrifice for Him too? Will you box some gifts too for a fellow man? You don’t need millions to be a Father Christmas. Remember, what you give lives. Hear Paul in Phil 4:17 “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account”. Boxing or packaging gifts for others improves and fosters better relationships, graceful affection, stronger friendship, good neighborliness, blissful marriage, vibrant family ties, congregational endearment, strong cooperation, larger corporation, etc. After all, generosity is the religion of God. All effects, influences and affluents are the tentacles of lovely benevolence. Listen to Prov 18:16 “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”. I implore you, make somebody happy today by boxing some gifts. I pray: May you not lose the boxed Jesus; the gift of God delivered and unwrapped in a manger on the first Christmas. May Jesus bless you as you too become a valuable gift to God and men. Shalom. Amen.