As I was out in the madness yesterday called Black Friday shopping enjoying the time I was spending with my oldest daughter. I began to think about all the time and planning people put into getting gifts for their loved ones. Some people start planning and saving money months in advance waiting for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to buy these gifts each year. Some people have it all planned out, they know where they are going and exactly what they are after. They know the exact time the items they want go on sale and they have a full plan of action. They will stand in line for hours to be the first person in the store to get the item they want. These people are on a mission and will not be distracted. Black Friday shoppers don’t mind the crowds and stay focused on their agenda. However, the recipient of the gift never really knows the price that was paid for their gift.
We typically give gifts as a way of showing someone we care about them. We want them to know that they mean something to us. We watch eagerly as they open the gift in anticipation of their reaction. We watch for that twinkle in their eye or that smile and suddenly all the preparation we put into the gift is worth it. To the person receiving the gift the thought usually means much more than the actual gift. As the recipient you don’t know the time, money, preparation or thought that truly went into that gift.
I believe the same is true with God and our gifts from him. We have been given many gifts from God and I could write all day and never come close to covering them all but I want to focus on just two gifts today. The gift of Love and of Salvation because without these two gifts we would have no hope and no future. As Christians, we have eternal life because of these gifts and if you are not a Christian you have the opportunity to receive eternal life because of these two gifts.
The first gift is Love. I believe we cannot even fathom God’s love for us and if you are a parent, John 3:16 proves this. “For God so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It says in Romans that God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus Christ loved his father and us enough to go through the torture and the humiliation of being beaten and hung on a cross to die. Jesus knew that some of the people he was dying for would never love him in return; but he was still willing to die. Even as he was hanging on the cross dying, he asked God to forgive the very people who were torturing him. He gave the true gift of love, for us all that day.
The second gift is Salvation. Jesus Christ, through his death, gave us the gift of salvation. A lot of time, preparation, and thought went into his gift for you and me. Acts 4:12 says “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus Christ is still sitting there today waiting and watching for someone to just open his gift. He just wants to see that sparkle in your eye or your smile when you receive his gift with open arms. Jesus already thought you were worth the time and preparation he put into your gift. He just wants to see you receive it.
Thank you for reading this and hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ.
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