“The gift without the giver is bare.” —James Russell Lowell
These words by the America poet remind us of the importance of giving with the right spirit, and the right attitude, No one wants to receive a gift that is given by compulsion. But a gift given with care and consideration, with purpose and pleasure is one that is appreciated
Spiritually, God wants giving that is cheerful and eager. This is true of our time, talent or treasure. When we feel pressured to give out of a sense of duty rather than desire then the gift is without the giver and is bare.
Fortunately we have a great example of the right spirit, and the proper attitude. Jesus. He is the perfect embodiment of the gift and giver being one. He gave Himself. He gave his life. He gave it all. He emptied himself of his prerogatives, and his position to become a servant of mankind.
Today, on this Lord’s day, we are reminded of the gift and the giver. Of the Savior and the Sacrifice. Of the Cross and the Christ.
May God help us to possess His attitude and follow His actions.