"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". John 3:16
We all like receiving gifts. At this time of year we give and receive gifts more than at any other time of the year. Some gifts will be appreciated and some will not. Some gifts will be perfect and others not so much. Some gifts will be well-thought out and others will be whatever is convenient to give. Some gifts will be utilized while some will be stored away and forgotten. Some gifts will be loved by the receiver and some gifts will be returned and exchanged for something else. Believe it or not, there are some gifts that will be refused and unwanted. There are many things we can do with the gifts we receive.
Over two thousand years ago the most perfect gift ever given to mankind was sent from God Himself. He wrapped it in swaddling clothes and laid it in a manger. It cost Him everything. It was given with love. It was the gift of His One and Only Begotten Son Jesus. This was no ordinary gift. It was many gifts rolled up into one. It was the gift of His greatest love. It was the gift of eternal life. It was the gift of acceptance into His Kingdom. It was the gift of adoption and sonship. It was the gift of abundant life. It was the gift of access into His presence. It was a gift that would bring hope, peace, comfort and joy to the receiver. It was the gift of grace. It was the gift that was greater and more costly than any other gift ever given. It was the gift to top all gifts.
As we have already said there are many things we can do with a gift-- love it, cherish it, return it, ignore it, store it away, etc. The gift of Jesus given to us by the Heavenly Father is given to all--none are excluded. But it is a gift of choice-- you have to choose what you will do with this gift. Will you receive it and love it? Will you reject it? Have you already accepted it? Are you enjoying all the many gifts that came wrapped up as one?
Have a great day. What will you do with the gift of God's Only Begotten Son?