We always do what we most want to do. That’s not to say we don’t have competing wants, but the strongest want wins. That means that we always sow what we most want to sow, and if we reap what we sow, then we always get the harvest we were working for.
So what do you want to reap?
This is the final exhortation for #NoDisorderedContentmentDecember. It relates, as have the others, to a common advent/Christmas activity: giving. Think of gifts as seeds, and so which kind of reward to you want for sowing presents?
There is an invisible law that governs rewards. Jesus applied it to those who give to the needy with the motivation “that they may be praised by others.” Want to be seen and have others say nice things about you? That’s easy. “Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” (Matthew 6:2). But that’s a lesser contentment.
There is a greater reward, a better harvest, a higher level of joy available. That belongs to those who give, and in this specific case, give in secret, “and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:4). Of course Jesus’ teaching doesn’t require anonymity all the time, it requires the heart’s highest order of contentment in pleasing the Father.
So presents can be given in pretense, a false display of feelings. Gifts can be given with strings attached, gifting that obligates rather than frees the other up to enjoy.
Give because it’s a delight, and you will know delight from beginning to end. Give as a demand, and you will find it demands more of you than anyone else.