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Be a blessing to others
In the pulpit
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 “And when they had come unto the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11 - NKJV).

When the wise men came to visit the Christ Child, they bought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They knew Jesus was the King of kings and expressed their love to him by bowing down and worshipping Him and bestowing great gifts upon Him.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of shopping, preparing for Christmas, and stressing ourselves out, let us not forget Jesus. It is Jesus’ birthday; Christmas is the time when Christians celebrate His birth.   
As part of the Christmas celebration, we exchange gifts with one another. Most people try to give the best gifts they can find to make others happy during the Christmas season. As we exchange gifts and presents, let us be mindful of the gift that God unto us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth him in should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Over 2,000 years ago, God gave us his very best — his Son, Jesus Christ. He sent Him as a precious, special gift to a sinful world that needed to be redeemed back to him.  
During His time on earth, Jesus gave unselfishly. He showed love and compassion to a world that rejected Him. But that did not stop Him from giving and sharing. Ultimately, He gave His life for us. His love for mankind has no limits. Consequently, God wants us to give and share with others. You might not have much to give, but God has blessed you with something to give. It may not be a material gift; it could be something within that needs to be shared with others. It should be something as small and beautiful as a smile.   
Sometimes, it only takes a telephone call to brighten someone else’s day. People who are lonely are not looking for much; they want to hear someone’s voice simply asking how they are doing. Those who are depressed and have given up hope need to hear a word of encouragement and feel a reassuring touch. This holiday season and everyday, be a blessing to others.  
Let us start now by purposing in our hearts to become a blessing to others. Give more of your time to God - more of your time helping your family, your church, and community. As a new year approaches, let us spread more love and joy to others. We live in a land of plenty, but there are some who don’t have much.  Share your blessings and watch God bless you even more.
It is truly more blessed to give than to receive. God gave His only Son to us; the wise men gave precious gifts to Jesus; and likewise, we should give to others.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy, blessed and prosperous New Year.
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