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Points to Ponder: What Do You Give to the God Who Has Everything?
12/29/2013

Points to Ponder
What Do You Give to the God Who Has Everything?
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

As you roam the malls, searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones, have you decided what to give God for Christmas? You know, what do you give to the One who has everything?
"The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness" (Psalm 24:1).
Not that God needs anything from us; but we need to give to Him. It involves extending to Him both our hands and our hearts.
"For I desire mercy (faithfulness, loyalty) and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings" (Hosea 6:6)
God says "I want you to know Me." Don't just practice religious rituals; pursue a relationship of growing in your knowledge of God. Walk with Him. It's a simple thing, and so often ignored, yet so profoundly rewarding.
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
To walk humbly with your God. Look at how personal that is; what the Lord requires from us is a personal walk, living in a vital relationship with God that compels us to behave according to a higher seldom-seen standard, justly (with dignity, fairness, and compassion) and with mercy (a passionate loyalty toward the good of others).
Is that like the age-old self-assessment given by many: "I try to be a good person"? If you give God your "goodness," what have you given? Christmas would not have been necessary if we had anything good in ourselves to give. Remember what Micah says: "...walk humbly with your God." The Pharisees missed who Jesus is because they would not see beyond their own goodness. They were God's gift to God, in their minds. Are you that good?
So, what can you give to God - who already has everything? Consider this question offered by Andy Mills, chairman of the board at The King's College: "What are you doing in your life that's God-sized?" How big is that? Well, how big is your (concept of) God? In a devotional to pastors written by Rev. H. B. London, he offers some suggestions. Adapt it to your situation accordingly.
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"What treasure would you offer our Lord at this Advent season? Perhaps...
_ A renewed commitment to your call.
_Your promise of daily interaction with the Father as His child.
_ A commitment to guard your heart and to flee those things that might negatively
entrap you.
_ A more sensitive commitment to the lost; those for whom Christ died.
_ Perhaps a disciplined and vigilant attitude toward a healthy lifestyle. You are a
temple that must be protected.
_ A realization that your spouse and your children need more attention than any other in
your congregation.
_ To maintain a humble spirit that will not allow envy or pride to dominate your
thinking or actions.
_ To love Him back.
"To me, hopefully to you, that would characterize genuine gift giving. Your treasure becomes His gift. "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift" (II Corinthians 9:15)."
(Taken from The Pastor's Weekly Briefing, December 15, 2006.
Reprinted 12/4/08. Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO)
As of this writing, things are looking bleak for our nation's economy. What got our ancestors through tough times (from the Great Depression all the way back to the pilgrims at Plymouth in the 1620's) was a deep desire to know the Lord our God. They drew their strength from Him.
From where will you draw your strength? Be very thankful and ponder this well.

Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring. Listen to Rev. Whitmore on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs at 10:45 a.m. & p.m. & Wed at 10:45 a.m. www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com.

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