Giving Gifts

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

A few days before Christmas, two guys who lived next to each other decided to go sailing off the Oregon coast while their wives went Christmas shopping.

An unexpected storm surprised the men. As the waters became fiercer, they had a difficult time keeping the sailboat under control.

When they headed toward the harbor, their boat hit a sandbar and grounded.

Both men jumped into the icy water and began to push and shove in an attempt to get the sailboat into deeper water.

Knee-deep in mud and repeatedly bounced against the hull by unfriendly waves, one man smiled and said to the other, “This sure beats Christmas shopping, doesn’t it?”

If you are joining millions of others in the search for the “perfect” Christmas gifts for friends and family members, keep a few things in mind…

The word “gift” appears over 100 times in the Bible. The word is used both to refer to gifts that people give to one another and gifts people offer to God, as well as gifts that God gives to people.

One of the most common Greek words translated “gift” is charisma. The word derives from charis, meaning “grace.” A charisma gift is one that is given freely and graciously.

The other Greek words that are most often translated “gift,” dorea and doron, focus on the action of the giver. By the way, if your name is “Dorothy” or “Theodore,” your name comes from a combination of the words Theos meaning “God” and doron. Both names mean, “Gift of God.”

Remember, the only truly perfect gift anyone can ever give is the gift of salvation God has given us through Jesus Christ! Every believer can join with Paul in saying: 

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Have a great day and keep moving forward!