Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Greatest Gift

Can anyone name the greatest, the best jaw-dropping gift you have ever received? As kids we can name numerous ones; that awesome toy of the year, the little toy cars, dolls, Barbies, action man figures, Legos, Frisbees, yo-yo's, and we  can't forget GI Joe, Play-Doh, Mr. Potato Head, gaming consoles and so on. Now we're little older, teenage years, and what was the greatest gift? The bicycle, the cd-player, the cassette player, (this was before the IPods and MP3 players), electronics, money and so on. Now we are adults, single, married, have jobs, drive our own car; can we name the great gift? Sure. A wife's greatest gift is the ring her husband gave her. A husband's greatest gift is the love he has for his wife. A parent's greatest gift is their children. Men like gifts such as golf clubs and women love being pampered with day spas and jewelry. All gifts we received are good, but not great. We tend to forget the greatest gift in our lives, Jesus Christ. As a believer, as a Christian, we know that the greatest gift in life is Jesus and Salvation. Through God's love and Jesus Christ, everyone and anyone can receive this greatest gift of all. Jesus is our gift from God who came to save us from our sins. "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). Many of us get busy and forget who gave us life, who gave us salvation and who saved us. You see, salvation is always there for us, but we have to help each other open the gift of salvation and present it to those who do not have it; we can do this by the way we act, speak and through the things we do. We need to tell others about Jesus and do our best by walking with Him, following his footsteps. We sometimes get discouraged and walk away from the path that Jesus has led for us. You don't have to be discouraged if your friends or family do not accept the gift right away because it takes longer for some people to open the gift of salvation. So brothers and sisters in Christ, stay in the light and do not let shadows discourage you. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17 NIV). God bless all!
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