NEVER FORGET THE GIFT!
All of us have a special
gift that we remember getting. It may not be the cost. It may
not be special because we needed it. It is often times special because
of other reasons. It might have been the last gift that someone gave
us. Perhaps it was the first gift that newlyweds gave each other.
Maybe it was one from our childhood. For whatever reason, it is precious
For me it wasn't a physical
gift at all. It was the gift of time. My Dad was in Vietnam for much
of the time that I was growing up. I spent several Christmases parted
from him. But I can remember one for which he came home
on leave. He gave me several presents, but the most special one
was that he was there. I don't believe that he spent another Christmas
with me while I was growing up.
As Christians we should
never forget the gift. The gift I am speaking of is the gift on the
Son of God on the cross. "Thanks be to God for His indescribable
gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15). Human comprehension cannot begin to
appreciate what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary. Jesus never knew what
it was like to suffer, yet went to earth, took on human flesh, and suffered
indescribable pain and anguish.
As we go through this holiday
season, be sure to not forget the gift. Remember what Jesus has done for
When you are looking for
gifts for friends and family, remember the gift. Remember that God gave
His gift to us when we were yet in sin and enemies of Him. "But God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). People often base
their giving on those who will give them a gift in return. But God
gave when He knew that we were His enemies in rebellion against Him.
When you think about how
much you love those of your family whom you are buying gifts for, remember
the gift. "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" (John 3:16). Jesus put expressed that love when he said, "Greater
love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends"
(John 14:13). As much as you love your wife, husband, or children,
remember, God loved us more!
When you start to total
up the cost of your gifts, remember the gift. "For you know the grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He
became poor, that you through His poverty might become
rich" (2 Cor. 8:9). "Let this mind be in you which was also in
Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery
to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form
of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found
in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point
of death, even the death of the cross" (Phil. 2:5-8). There's no
Visa or Mastercard in the world which can begin to purchase what Jesus
did for us on the cross. How can one put a price tag on forgiveness
of sins and
When you begin to think,
after your gifts are all opened, that you deserve more than you get, remember
the gift. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that
not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast" (Eph. 2:8-9). We did not deserve salvation, couldn't
earn it, couldn't pay enough for it, but can receive it through the beloved
grace of God. Never forget, Christian, when you were baptized into
Christ, you received the blessings of God's wonderful grace. Remember the
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