12 Days of Christmas Carols: Little Drummer Boy

“Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum.
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum.
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum.
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum.
Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum? “

1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

Some people are so hard to buy gifts for.  Some people don’t need anything or they have everything.  Christmas often gets us thinking about gifts—what we’re going to give and what we might want to get.  And we remember that great gift that God gave to us in the form of His Son.  But what kind of gifts can we bring for Jesus?  The wise men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  But our gifts for Jesus don’t have to be costly.  In fact, they don’t have to be things at all.  After all, God already owns everything.

So what kind of gifts can we bring that are fit for a King?  The truth is, nothing we have to give is enough because He is worthy of so much.  And He’s not concerned with how much we give, but He wants us to do the best with what we have to give.  And we can use the talents and the gifts that He has given to us to honor Him, to worship Him, to show our love for Him.  Those things have value.  And when we give our best, He is surely pleased with that.

After we have received the greatest Gift, God continues to give us gifts.  And by His Spirit at work in us, we serve Him and each other.  We build up the body of Christ and bring glory and honor to our Lord.  We offer back to Him what He has given to us.  We become vessels fit for the Master’s use.  We become faithful servants willing to take up our crosses and follow Jesus.  So let us employ our gifts, whatever they may be, to be a blessing to others and to please our Savior.

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