Our Gift to God

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


My friend Dave Williamson discovered something about God in a hotel Christmas display. In the lobby, he saw an enormous nativity scene. It had the typical holy family with the animals, shepherds, kings, and angels.

But this nativity was bigger. The baker and his wife were also there—and a basket weaver and a grocer and a hunter and the mayor and other workers—all of them bringing the gifts of their trades. What they produced during the week, they offered in honor of Christ.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. This Christmas, we too can offer our work, our family, our leisure, and our everyday lives in honor of Christ. Whatever we produce is a gift to God … in the high calling of our daily work.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Rom. 12:1-2, MSG)

Originally published in 2009.