The three Wise Men, when baby Jesus was born, took their very best gifts to Him. They offered gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the Holy Child.
There is a very popular Christmas song, The Little Drummer Boy, that seems to be taking some heat over the last couple of years. In this song, a little boy is to go and visit the new baby, Jesus, but he has no gift to bring. He is a poor boy, he has no fine things such as what the Wise Men took. He did, however, have a God given talent of drumming. He asked Mary and Joseph if he should play his drum for Jesus, and they nodded.
There is a group of individuals who are criticizing this song based on the fact that the Bible does not say there is a little boy who plays his drum for Jesus, among other inconsequential reasons. They are not, in my opinion, considering the true meaning behind this song.
This Little Drummer Boy may not have fine gifts to offer Jesus, but what he does have is a gift of talent. He has a gift that comes from his heart. He gives the best that he has, his music.
Shouldn’t we, like the Wise Men and the Little Drummer Boy, be offering the finest things we have? Shouldn’t we be offering the gifts of our hearts?
Maybe we do not have fine, modern day offerings for Christ. Maybe there are no huge amounts of money to tithe at church, but we do have hearts with huge amounts of love. We have talents that God has given us to use for His glory.
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd
putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said,“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put
more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she,
out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44
Are we giving in a way as to honor the Christ child, Jesus, with those gifts of our hearts? Are we giving of ourselves what we do have in a way that is pleasing to Christ?
I do sometimes, but many times I am selfish with the talents and gifts that God has given to me. As the new year approaches, I pray that I will be more open to the way God would have me giving to those whom He loves. Not just to Him and the Church, but to all of God’s people. I pray that I am a more cheerful giver.
7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give,
not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7