Looking at my bank account earlier today, I realized that I don't have a whole lot of money to spend during the month of December this year. As much as I would love to buy everyone some awesome Christmas presents, I'm a little low on cash flow right now.
But then I came across Isaiah 58:10 where God asks His people to spend themselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed. I realized that tradition of giving at Christmastime isn't all about depleting my bank account on behalf of the people I love (or the people I feel obligated to buy something for). The gifts God wants me to give are more sacrificial than that.
God asks me to SPEND MYSELF. Who is hungry in my life right now? I know of some college students that I am investing in are hungry for the word of God. I know my church offers opportunities to feed the hungry. I know there are people all around me who are hungry for a taste of God's love through my hands. And so, I've decided to spend myself during the month of December, whether in service or words... I am going to tangibly stop frivolously spending so much money and start spending myself. I'll let you know how that goes.