What’s in a gift?

We just finished our birthday season. It begins (I like to think) in September, with my birthday. Then it goes month-to-month with 3 of my children, a two-month break after the new year and resumes with my first-born, and finally my wife in April. We have fun celebrations with family and friends and we always eat really well. Really well.

Many thoughtful, special, even needed gifts are given to the honored individual. Each of the gifts are given out of the resources of the person giving the gift. Almost an extension of who they are, what they have. Sometimes you can know who gave the gift just by looking at the wrapping, and sometimes the contents.

Jesus gives gifts the same way. To his disciples He said,

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT-SE)

What a wonderful gift that is! And how was it wrapped? With all the humility of the suffering Savior who was the perfect sacrifice for the justice God required.

Here’s something about gifts though. Gifts need to be received.

“…the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NLT-SE)

What a generous gift! What a long-lasting (actually, everlasting) gift. This gift offered to all who will receive.

And what do you do with a gift you’ve received? Hide it or display it? Put it away to protect it or leave it out to be admired?

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (1Peter 4:10 NLT-SE) 

Let’s use the gifts we’ve been given, when we received the greatest Gift, to help others get to know the greatest Giver of gifts.

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