The first call of the morning involved a woman seeking free Christmas gifts for her family. The gist of the conversation was something like this:
Caller: “Are you the big church on the corner?”
My response: “No, that is not us.”
Caller: “Are you helping people for Christmas this year?”
My response: “We are not involved in that type of work.”
This caller reminded me of Jn. 6:27: “Work not for the food which perisheth, but for the food which abideth unto eternal life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him the Father, even God, hath sealed.”
In my mind I thought of how Jn. 6:27 could be applied to “Christmas gifts” and the verse would read something like this: “Work not for the gifts which perisheth—temporary items like Christmas gifts, but for the gifts which abideth.”
We certainly do need to “work for food” (2 Thess. 3:10), but our primary emphasis needs to be on the spiritual part of life. How sad that some work so hard to find free Christmas goodies but pay little to no attention to their eternal spirit.