In 2020, consumers in the United States expected to spend approximately 850 U.S. dollars on average on Christmas gifts. Why? To demonstrate their love for someone else? Truth be told, some of those gifts were purchased out of obligation. “Ugh, we have to buy Aunt Mabel a gift this year because we know she’s going to get us one.” “Ugh, I have to pitch-in to for a gift for my horrible boss!” (Article source: http://www.statista.com/statistics/246963/christmas-spending-in-the-us-during-november/
The heart of a gift is that it is given not out of obligation, but out of love with no expectation of repayment. A simple thank-you is all that is expected. God has provided the gift of grace to your life through Jesus Christ. You cannot and should not repay Him for this gift. Your service and life is just a thank-you note to Him for the gift.