This is the time of year when countless gifts are given and exchanged. In many families, “wish lists” are created and distributed so that the giver gives something that’s actually wanted or needed by the recipient. Though this is helpful, sometimes it’s the undeserved, unsuspecting gift that is the most appreciated.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NIV)
As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the Lord’s birth, we remember the Best Gift that has ever been given. It wasn’t offered when we had it all together, it wasn’t anticipated by most, and it wasn’t necessarily something that we desired or knew we needed. But God, in His infinite wisdom and love, sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins in order to offer us the gift of eternal life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)
God so loved that He gave His very best. And in this season of giving, it’s important for us to remember that giving’s very foundation is love; a sacrificial, redemptive and unconditional love. As we approach our giving with this heart motive, we not only bless those who receive our gifts, we honor God in the process.
In these next few weeks, there will be a lot of activity and final gift buying. I hope the reminder of God’s gift to us will help us adjust our perspective in the midst of a hectic time, and help us give Him our best in return.
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