Spiritual Significance of Giving Birthday, Graduation and Wedding Gifts
There is more involved when a person gives a birthday present, a graduation gift, or a wedding gift than most people realize. Also, there is a big difference between giving gifts on those three occasions and giving gifts on other occasions.
The reason will become clear to you after a very brief explanation.
What A Birthday, Graduation and Wedding Have in Common?
A birthday is a day that comes once a year for everyone. No matter how important people think they are, everyone is limited to only one birthday each year. Some people say their birthday is just another day while others go all out and celebrate their birthday in a very big way.
Birthdays should be acknowledged and celebrated not only by the person being honored but by his family, friends, co-workers, and others who know the birthday boy, girl, man or woman. So, why should others get excited about someone else's birthday?
They should acknowledge in some way someone's birthday just as they should acknowledge someone's graduation and wedding.
When you help people celebrate their special occasions, you sow a seed into their future. They benefit physically, but you benefit spiritually.
Investment Into the Occasion
When you give a birthday gift or send a card or acknowledge a person's birthday in some way, you are investing in that person's life. You are sowing a seed by your gesture no matter how large or small.
That simply means as the recipient grows and succeeds in some way, so will the giver. When that person develops in certain areas of his life, it will be a result of the giver's contribution. You might think that what you gave the person doesn't matter that much because your contribution might be mixed with other gifts and acknowledgments. In fact, it might be one of a smaller value.
You have heard it said that the amount of a gift doesn't matter and it's the thought that counts. This is true when it comes to the principle of investments into someone's life. Any investment is better than no investment.
The physical gift doesn't matter as much as the contribution to the spiritual harvest. It is easier to understand this principle when one understands that everything you sow is a seed that grows when it is planted in good soil. When you sow a seed into someone's life, it is an investment in the future of that person. When they grow and develop, so do you.
The same principle exists when people attend graduation ceremonies or give graduation presents. Of course, graduates receive physical gifts, but the giver also receives something in return. It might be a physical thank you note, but because of the investment, the giver receives a spiritual blessing.
When guests attend the wedding of a couple and give gifts, they are investing in the happiness of the couple.
One particular wedding comes to mind. Jesus' first miracle is found in John 2:1-12. Jesus, His mother, and His disciples had been invited to the wedding at Cana. They were there along with the entire community. At that time, weddings lasted an entire week. It was on the third day when the wine ran out. It would have been an embarrassment if Jesus had not invested in their wedding and in the future of the couple.
It was no accident that this was Jesus' first miracle. Jesus changed water into wine to serve all those wedding guests. The wedding host benefitted in the natural while Jesus received a spiritual harvest because He went on to perform many more miracles while He was on earth.
When you help people celebrate their birthday, graduation and wedding, you invest spiritually in their future.
By now, you should be wondering why other occasions are not noted for investments. The answer is quite simple.
There is no investment involved in exchanging Christmas gifts because it is not an individual occasion. It is Jesus' birthday that all disciples of Christ are celebrating. Therefore, there is no investment in the recipients. Besides, there is an exchange and each person gets a physical gift. That exchange cancels out an investment for a spiritual blessing.
The same thing happens on Valentine's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and other occasions. Those are corporate occasions and holidays rather than individual celebrations.