The holiday season is a time when we may find it easy to become conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). We spend money on material gifts to share with those we love. We are surrounded by society’s call to this materialistic and shallow gift-giving. But we are gifted in our baptism and are called to be transformed. We are transformed through the grace of God in Jesus Christ and have been gifted by the Holy Spirit.
God’s relationship with us equips us with the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. God calls us to share these gifts of the Spirit with others so that the gifts can keep growing and growing.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Giving spiritual gifts” written by Kimberly S. Conway in the December 2005 issue of Cafe magazine.