At this time of year people send and receive presents. Some trace that back to when the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus. So, what would a person offer that same infant today?
Centuries ago a man named Cornelius was approached by an angel. Though understandably frightened at first, he was comforted when the messenger relayed the purpose of the visit. “Your acts of charity have come up as an offering before God,” the spirit said.
Gift cards and gadgets are great. I enjoy them myself. But expressions of love—both abstract and practical—seem to be what’s on the Almighty’s wish list.
The God who already owns everything doesn’t need more gold, frankincense or myrrh. Acts of charity to those he’s placed in our paths are apparently more his thing.