The fruitcake, the Colts underwear, or the battery powered windshield scraper — what do you do with the present that you received but don’t want? Or what do you do with the present that you received but you already have one — or several – like the crock pot, the panini maker, or the kitchen towel set?
You regift! It’s such a common practice that the online dictionary defines “regift” as "to give (a gift received) to someone else." The practice has gained sufficient momentum as a cultural value that December 16th is listed as National Re-Gifting Day (along with being Boston Tea Party Day and National Chocolate Covered Anything Day)! While no one ever wants to get caught regifting, especially recycling presents back to the original donor, it has become a joyful way to designate some gifts as those that just keep on giving!
Christianity is all about regifting. Celebrating Christmas should be as well.
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” is the summary response to an extended portion of Scripture teaching us about generous gifting and regifting (2 Corinthians 8-9). Look at two blatant regifting phrases from these chapters that summarize all grace giving:
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way… (9:11)
They will glorify God because of your submission flowing from
your confession of the gospel of Christ… (9:13)
Everything we give, any generosity we display, or any grace we extend to others is made possible because God gave first. Our best and only option is to regift. As recipients of God’s lavish grace, we are expected to regift.
So whether it is love (Eph. 5:2), forgiveness (Eph. 4:32), or money (2 Cor. 9:8), we take what God has given to us, we wrap it up in our attractive submission to Christ, and we pass it on to others. Patience, kindness, forbearance, mercy, acceptance, encouragement, our presence, understanding, sharing the weight of a heavy load—each of these can only be regifted in direct proportion to our recognition and receipt of those same gifts from God in Christ.
Until you are able to set aside the disappointment and discontent that you have directed toward God, you will not recognize that he has given you so much to regift. Open you heart to God’s inexpressible gift in new ways this Christmas.
All the elders, staff, deacons, and their families join me in extending a special Christmas blessing to you as you celebrate the fullness of grace that has been given you in Christ, regifting it to your family and friends this holiday season.
Join us in praying that God will allow our generosity through the Blessed to Bless year end offering
to reflect to many in various places around the world his amazing grace toward us.
By the way, I think I heard (remember how well I hear) that Tom Humphrey, Bill Davis and Paul Briggs absolutely love fruitcake! It is among the more famous gifts that keep on giving. Show them your love.