A friend once asked, “Why can’t we do for others all year what we usually do for Christmas?” She was referring to the extra out-pouring of generosity so typical of this season.

I think we make an effort to do more for others at Christmas. In our culture, it’s an accepted practice. For us as followers of Christ, it gives us another opportunity to share the love of Christ as we celebrate His Incarnation, when He became a man so that He could provide forgiveness for our sins and give us eternal life.

We have many opportunities to help others all the time and not just at Christmas. Jesus’ example was to be a servant. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) God’s greatest gift to us is eternal life through Jesus Christ. We can never out-give our omnipotent God, but our giving to others, in word or deed or generous act, is a reflection of His giving.

Personally, I find nothing wrong with churches or individual Christians being extra-generous this time of year. But the challenge is to continue to give at every opportunity throughout the year, as God gives opportunity.

As you celebrate the birth of our Savior, may you have special joy in giving to and sharing with others. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15.