Today’s Scripture: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Granddad, can I sit on your lap?” asked five-year-old Christopher. His eyes gleamed with excitement as he pulled out his never-ending Christmas list.

Of course you can, Chris,” replied Grandfather.

Christopher jumped into his grandfather’s lap and began to rattle off his list. As he read, his grandfather saw a golden opportunity to impart some wisdom.

You know, Chris, it is always better to give than to receive.”

Oh, I know that, Granddad, but receiving is good enough for me,” retorted Christopher.

So often in life, we miss the joy of giving because we are too busy receiving like Christopher. When considering all of the gifts we receive here on Earth, it is important to realize that no earthly present will last forever. All material possessions will eventually crumble and become worthless. The only gift that lasts forever is the gift of eternal life we receive through Jesus Christ our Lord.

During this time of merriment and festivities, it is so easy to get sidetracked by thinking, Receiving is good enough for me. As we focus on our desires, we often neglect to give the best gift of all – the gospel. Why not make it a point this season to experience the joy of giving a gift that will never fade? Tell someone about Jesus Christ.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder