Everything in the Kingdom of God is upside down and backwards compared to how we as humans (or at least as I) would do it. The best Kingdom gifts, the ones that give us the most pleasure and the most joy, are the ones we give away.
In Matthew 7:2, Jesus says, “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” That means we need to give away what we want to get. For example:
To save your life, you lose it. (Luke 9:24) To get the place of honor, give it away. (Luke 14:7-11)
Do you want to be rich? Then give money away. (Malachi 3:10) Do you want mercy from God? Then show others mercy. (Matthew 18:23-25)
See the principle here?
Do you want people to overlooking and ignoring your mistakes? Then overlook and ignore their mistakes. Do you want people to listen to you? Then listen to them. Do you want people to think you’re important? Be humble and treat them like they are important.
Even Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied himself and became nothing, taking on the form of a servant (Philippians 2:6-7), for the sake of the joy set before him (Hebrews 12:2).
So in the Kingdom, we write our own Christmas list. We receive what we give away.
Today’s Action Step: I will be careful in my interactions with people. Especially when they are being mean and cranky, I will try to make their day. Then Jesus will make mine.
I’ve seen the demeanor of cranky grocery store clerks change when I just said something nice to them that built them up, instead of tearing them down (2 Corinthians 10:8). How about you? What are you giving away this holiday season that you want to receive back? Have you seen this principle work? Tell us in the comments or shoot us an email. And please share on Facebook (or your fav social media channel) if you think this would bless someone else.