Gabriel Garnica: "God Is All About Re-Gifting":
In our society and media, re-gifting, or having someone give a gift
they have received as a gift to someone else, is often mocked as a cheap
way of turning those gifts into bargains. We often see how TV
characters are deeply offended upon discovering that some gift they gave
has been re-gifted. The greatest joke, of course, is when we receive
our original gift back from an oblivious or forgetful recipient. This is
supposed to be deep gash or insult demonstrating ingratitude,
rejection, and who knows what other evils.
This is not, however, God’s take on gifting. He wants us to re-gift
as much as possible, spreading what He has blessed us with to as many
other folks as we can. Recall how the servants who re-invested and
spread the talents received were praised while the servant who merely
hid his talent was criticized and lost what he was given. God does not
want us to hide our gifts for ourselves, for that defeats the original
purpose and potential of the gift in the first place. No, on the
contrary, God calls us to use our gifts to serve others and bring glory
to Him. In a sense, he who re-gifts God’s gifts is doing God’s work and
following Christ’s example to a tee. Think about the gifts God has given
you, and about the ways you can use those gifts to change lives for the
better. If you do, you will surely be celebrating Christmas, and
giving, all year round.
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