The example set by the wise men who brought gifts to Jesus has made the giving of gifts an integral part of celebrating Christmas: Jesus’ birth. However, the gifts we give each other, today, bear very little spiritual resemblance to those originally bestowed by the wise men.
As Jesus sent His disciples out into a world that would be hostile to them, that would imprison them and beat them and kill them, what they needed to succeed wasn’t a new car, or perfect teeth or a retirement plan. What they needed to live successfully (as God defines it) was The Comforter.
Each and every believer has been chosen by God to do SPECIFIC work in His Kingdom, here on earth… God’s blueprint for your life is there but you will only find it if you are willing to seek it out. And, you will only seek it out if you really want to serve Him.
Salvation is NOT gained by works.. But works testify that salvation HAS taken place… “Faith without works is dead”.