by Steve Martin, Director of Development
As a person living on this earth, it’s sometimes disheartening to experience the sin and self-centeredness of us earthlings first-hand.
I often wonder what happened in their lives to leave some people bitter, resentful and generally unhappy. So many people put others down just so they can (in their minds) be lifted up. Those people seem to get some pride in what they do.
However, James 4:6 says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
It’s the grace the He gives, through the humility that He creates that changes people every day, from self-centered to humble, giving servants.
It never ceases to amaze me how God works through people to give them attitude of generosity, and I’m continually humbled by witnessing God’s hand in His people’s lives as they demonstrate this generosity.
It’s only by the will of God that any of us can change from self-centered people to people with the heart of God in Christ Jesus.
When I came to The Gospel Mission today, I was greeted with a huge pile of gifts that had been delivered just inside the front door. All these gifts were wrapped with the finest Christmas wrappings, with bows and ribbons.
Here at The Mission, we see examples of the generosity of God every day. This time it was more than just generosity.
You see, with all of these gifts, some of God’s servants took on the task of wrapping and labeling each gift. They didn’t have to do that extra work. But each gift was wrapped beautifully with a tag on each, marking the gifts for either a man, woman or a child.
They took the time and effort to make each gift special and personal.
With this example of God’s generosity through HIS Grace and as we move into a new year, I pray that each of you are continually reminded to keep your focus on the gift of grace He bestowed to us all.
It’s through the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that God delivers this amazing gift. And the generosity I’ve witnessed at The Mission reminds me that Christmas doesn’t happen only in December.