"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
HEBREWS 13:16 NRSV
The Christmas Story is a Stewardship Message.
1. Lesson from the baby Jesus. Jesus was born in a manger. The Scriptures say to give and to serve. When we give and serve, we sometimes think we are smarter or better than those in need. If we look down upon anyone who needs our generosity, we are looking down upon the infant Jesus Himself. He was born in a manger.
2. Lesson from the Shepherds. We all have gifts to give. The shepherds took the time to gather up their sheep and go to Bethlehem. After they saw the baby Jesus, they excitedly shared the Good News with anybody that would listen. Time to care and share with others is important. We all have gifts to give.
3. Lesson from the Wise Men. Worshipping Jesus isn't enough. The Wise Men had a sincere desire to find the Christ child. Face to face with their Creator and King, they bow to worship and honor Him with gifts. God wants us to come to Church to worship Him and He wants us to share with others. What a beautiful example of stewardship the Wise Men are. Just worshipping Jesus isn't enough.
The Advent message is a stewardship message - prepare for the fulfillment of the kingdom! His coming 2,000 years ago is now about our inevitable face-to-face meeting with Him and how we have prepared for that meeting. Are we “laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven"? Or are we investing ourselves in something else?