Then he returned to his host. "When you put on a luncheon or a banquet," he said, "don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you."
It is Christmas time, and we are all busy buying things for our family and friends. I know I am. With three kids, it takes a lot to get Christmas bought. And I know I shouldn't be that way. I should teach them to give to others before themselves, so that's something I really need to work on.
Maybe that is a challenge we can all do. Maybe we can pick a charity to give too... a cause to support... someone around this time when we don't have a whole lot of extra to make an effort to give too. Giving to our family, while very important, will give us the reward of seeing happy kids (which is awesome...). But giving and helping people who can't help you in return, that is what God wants of us. That kind of giving is what he will reward on judgement day.
And not just money offering. Offering of time. Of help. Of prayer. Of telling about Jesus.
That is defintely something to think about.
Our 8th song this month is "Christmas Offering" by Casting Crowns.
God Bless You