Sunday, December 5, 2010


It is the time of the year, once again, when in an effort to celebrate the “holiday season” media outlets become bipolar in their messaging. They attempt to generate a positive, feel good tone to commensurate with the season and they create demand for their advertising clients by focusing on gifts and giving. Due to the recession and hard economic realities, a word once associated with cheapskates, spendthrifts, and the ungrateful recipient has become popular: Regifting.  Regifting simply defines means of taking a present given to you and giving it to someone else. I have been a lifelong practitioner. My wife initially frowned on my regifting habit, but over the years of observing my practice and understanding my philosophy, she became a regifter as well. My thoughts on  regifting follows this thinking; if I would never use it or have an abundance, why not give the gift to someone else who needs it or can use it. To my surprise I found that regifting is biblical.    

Colossians 1:19 states “For it pleases the father that in Him (Jesus) the fullness should dwell” (NKJV). This fullness described is referred to as the “fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). God’s gives his fullness to his son and then that fullness is gracefully regifted to us. “To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). Furthermore, it is the Christian’s duty to regift. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world”. Reaffirming what John said about him in the beginning of his gospel (John 1:5). Are we not commanded to do with our light as the song This little light of mine says: to let it shine? Is not the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) a divine call to regift the gift of grace? So let us regift not just at the office Christmas party, the Channel 2 toy drive, or at the family Christmas celebraton in a purchased form, but more importantly the gift of the Gospel this holiday season and in the New Year. Regifting is biblical.

Stay Prayed up, Rev. Burton

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