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What's Your Gift?
by Jenny on December 16th, 2016

"God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another." 1 Peter 4:10

Our church choir gave us the gift of their annual Christmas program this past Sunday. I can't carry a tune so I LOVE listening to those who can. I moved and swayed along to the choir's songs but tears began to flow down my face when I saw the live drum line enter the sanctuary, march down the main aisle and line up in front of the congregation to perform the song Little Drummer Boy. Little Drummer Boy, especially when accompanied by a live drum line, is one of my favorite Christmas songs because of the simplicity of its message.

The gospel writers fail to mention any little drummer boys visiting Jesus after His birth but I love the idea. A poor boy comes to see the newborn King. Others have brought their finest gifts but the boy has no gift to bring that's fit to give a king. So he does what he can with what God has given him. He plays his drum for Him.


I spent seven years playing in junior high and high school band. My band director(s) routinely picked on the percussion section--in love, of course--claiming that "anyone" could bang two sticks together to make a sound (while true, I could never produce a recognizable rhythm on a drum, muchless a sound that people actually enjoyed).

The little drummer boy's gift seems like a pitiful offering at first. I've birthed six babies. I'm not sure that I would have welcomed a little boy beating on a drum in my hospital room shortly after the arrival of my children. But Mary understands the motivation behind the gift, a little boy simply wants to honor his King. And so, Mary nodded, and the little drummer boy drummed.


The ox and lamb kept time


He played his drum for Him.


He played his best for Him.


And I love what happened next . . .

Then He smiled at him

He smiled at the boy.


The boy and his drum.

Psalm 24:1 reads, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him."

So what do we give the One who truly owns everything money can buy?

God says in Hosea 6:6, "I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know Me more than I want burnt offerings."

We give Him that which money couldn't buy, that which cost God the life of His one and only Son. We give Him our worship, our hearts, ourselves. We give Him glory and honor and praise by serving Him with whatever talent or ability He first gave us.

Are you a poor boy too? Scripture says that both the poor in spirit and the poor in riches are blessed (see Matthew 5:3 and Mark 10:23). Do you recognize the significance of your King but feel like you don't have anything valuable to give Him? Scripture teaches that God has given each of us the ability to do something well, and that we should use our God-given skills and talents to serve others (Romans 12:6, 1 Peter 4:10).

Maybe you don't own much but can you, like my band directors claimed, bang two sticks together in His name? How about two stones, because Jesus said even the rocks sing Him praise (Luke 19:40).

When we serve others with whatever gift we've been given it's as if we perform that service unto God Himself (Matthew 25:40). And as the little drummer boy was among the first to discover, selfless service is a gift big enough to make even a newborn king smile.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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