Deuteronomy 16:17

All shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you. Deuteronomy 16:17

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation towards the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is therefore a time when we think of all that birth has meant. We immediately call to mind the fact that the coming of Jesus Christ into the world is a special gift of love from the Heavenly Father – a particular blessing from God. When we consider the expanse of that gift and that blessing, we see how generous God has been. Hence the invitation of Deut.16:17 encourages but a small yet natural response to God’s goodness.

Let us consider this thought in three (3) aspects:

1. All:
I believe that we have all received something from God. He has made us so we have received life. The gift of his son is for the whole world so its benefits are available to you. Without a doubt God has done something for you or answered your prayer just yesterday or last week or last year. You have reason to be grateful to God and you are included in the ALL.

2. Give as they are able:
We all have different resources and therefore different ability to give. If your income is small, then it is understandable that your giving will be small. But if you have a large income, then should not your giving be commensurate with that income? Someone has said, “Give according to your income lest God makes your income according to your giving.”

3. Give according to your blessing from the Lord:

There is the need to recognize our resources as blessings from God. If God has been so good to bless us in this way, should we not respond to him by giving back to him? Is not GodÂ’s gift of his Son a special blessing due our own response of love?

Let us ALL be inspired by the Christmas Event to respond to our God according to this blessing from him.

As we begin this Advent Season, and reflect again upon your special gift of love, make us mindful of your blessings to us, and lead us to respond out of our own love and appreciation. Amen.


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