Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What a wonderful gift!

Have you ever received a gift and thought to yourself, "Wow, that's a nice gift..." And then moved on, not really considering how truly wonderful a gift it is...or maybe not understanding the enormity of the gift until much later?

I had one of "those" moments today as I spent time with God's Word. Here's a reminder of the gift I've received:
"What's more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, "All nations will be blessed through you." So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith." Galatians 3:8-9
Did you see it?? God declared the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith!! It wasn't always so...But now I can share in the same blessings as God's chosen people! That, my friends, is truly the most enormous gift I've ever received.

Hmm...I'm noticing a truth here. God gave, but I had to receive. A gift is of no benefit if the recipient doesn't accept it.

Thank you Lord, for loving me and blessing me so richly, so eternally, with the gift of your Son, Jesus!
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Have you accepted your gift?


LauraLee Shaw said...

So true. And I need to constantly be reminded of this, because I am a HORRIBLE receiver. Great message.

Unknown said...

Very true. Sometimes it's the simplest concepts that escape us. I've found myself walking around my house lately, going - "wow, thank you Jesus for a washing machine. And thank you Lord, for that scrubby sponge, and the dirty sneakers by my door". And if I can be thankful for those silly little things, than I am astounded at the fact that Jesus chose to hang on a cross for me - facing something that I've never faced, because God has never turned away from me. What a thing to go through - not having God by your side in the most difficult hour of your life. that makes what He did so much more meaningful to me - as if salvation alone wasn't enough!!