I love the old movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, starring Jimmy Stewart. Stewart played the part of George Bailey, who gave his heart and soul to his hometown of Bedford Falls. He could have become famous or rich, but instead he gave himself away to others; and in the end, became wealthy with friends.
The wise men came to the baby Jesus, as recorded in Matthew’s gospel, and they gave. The Bible stated that they saw, they fell down, they worshiped, they opened and they presented. They never took.
The apostle Paul, quoting the words of our Lord Jesus, declared that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Paul gave his time, his gifts and abilities, his mind, his heart, his finances and his entire life to Jesus. On a number of occasions, he refused to take anything in return.
What will you give to Jesus this year? Will you give Him your time, your gifts and abilities, your mind, heart, finances? Will you give Him your entire life? Giving is a matter of the will. The question is, Will you?
Harry Bailey, George’s younger brother, went off to war and became a hero. George stayed home, never went to college, and never became a famous millionaire. He never took his wife Mary to France. And yet, George received the greatest reward.
If you give to Jesus, your reward will not be here on earth. Your reward will be far greater. Your reward will be “out of this world.”