Colossians 3:1-2 reads, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (NIV).”
This is the scripture that I reflected on as I wrote the article The Deception of Christmas Gifts recently published at ThinkChristian.
I am reminded that the Christmas season is not supposed to be a time of stress, anxiety, pressure, and rush (at least not for the Christian anyway). Instead we should take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on Emmanuel, the very presence of God who came to dwell with us in the body of Jesus and what he has accomplished on our behalf as a result. We reflect with praise, worship, and thanksgiving. We reflect with the questions, “How can we bring God’s heavenly glory to earth? And how can we be transformed into the very image of his son, Jesus Christ?”
In short, we are to love as he loves. As God’s money managers, we are to invest where he tells us to invest. Somehow I do not believe that means senselessly buying more stuff of no value for people we do not need it. This can be a wonderful time of giving to those who are honored and treasured in the Bible: widows, orphans, children, and the poor. Consider giving gifts with a purpose.
Here are a few shopping considerations:
The Samaritans Purse Gift Catalog. Through the catalog you can purchase gifts to help orphans, food to feed a hungry baby, farm animals for help a poor family earn an income, just to name a few options.
(Red) Products. Proceeds from these products help to fight against AIDS.
Soap Hope. I love their products! All, I repeat ALL of the profits from your purchase go to provide opportunity to women in poverty. Their gift bags make beautiful gifts any time of year.
Three Avocados Coffee, for all of you coffee drinkers out there. 100% of net proceeds provide clean water in Uganda, Africa.
Why not give a gift with a purpose? Any other ideas for us to consider?