This is Part 2 in our Advent Conspiracy series. You can read Part 1 here. Last week we shared the first two tenants of our conspiracy: Worship Exclusively and Spend Less.
The third is Give More! I’m suggesting a re-distribution. Modeled after how He who was rich became poor to make many rich. Consider the magnitude of what Christ sacrificed in coming into the world and giving up the glory of heaven so that we could benefit from all that He is and has.
This is the place for us to practice redistributing our wealth just as Christ did. What if each of us took the money we saved, by spending less and giving relationally, and gave it to the “least of these” in our neighborhoods and around the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matt. 25
And finally, Receive Fully! Receive fully the gift of Christ…the gifts of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy. The gift of Christ is the gift of solid Hope – “a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”. The gift of Christ is the gift of real Peace – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests”. The gift of Christ is a gift of true Love – “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him”. The gift of Christ is the gift of constant Joy – “good news of great joy”.
Check back here next week for the third post in the series.
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