Gifts That Keep On Giving

Doug Story

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you."   I Peter 1:3-4

Each year we come to this time of year and we are bombarded by the images of all the gifts we need to give this year.  I mean our world loves gifts.  In fact, we cannot wait to start the gift-giving season.  So much so that we have now moved the Black Friday shopping day that used to start on Friday after Thanksgiving at midnight to now starting on Thursday.  That’s right!  The holiday that used to be known as Thanksgiving is slowly being replaced with such incredible sales and deals on gifts that we will soon begin to consume what used to be our Thanksgiving meal not at home with families, but instead in parking lots in plastic containers as we wait in line to fight over a blue ray player marked down to $49.  It is kind of insane if you think about it.  It seems that our fascination with getting the deal is beginning to trump the whole notion of giving a gift to begin with.  We become so consumed with the deal that we loose focus on what the gift is and if we really need it to begin with.  Maybe it is time to take a step back and to rethink the whole reason behind the gifts we give. 

Let’s stop just for a minute and think about Christ and the gift He gives to us.   Peter talks about it when he writes in 1 Peter Chapter 1.  Peter is reminding us of the gift we have in Jesus.  That gift is new life, new hope.  And where do we see the power of that gift displayed?  In the resurrection of Jesus.  The power of the resurrection is the most powerful display of power the world has ever seen.  Jesus, in His victory over death, shows that even death cannot contain Him.  It also shows that the powers of sin, the shame and guilt and heartache that creeps into our lives when we sin and loose sight of the glory of God, have NO power over Christ.  The amazing thing is that this gift is given to us through Jesus.  This amazing display of paowere is not just a display or something we see in window at a store.  This is a gift that is given to us.  Through Jesus we have no condemnation of sin.  Through Jesus we have been given a gift that will never fade.  Through Jesus we have power over sin.  Through Jesus we are made new.

This year as you give gifts, don’t forget the most amazing gift that has ever been given to you and this world.  Don’t forget that through Christ all things can become new.  Don’t forget that this gift that was given to you was not just some special sale or some marked down deal.  It was a gift from the God who loves you so much that He gave you His only Son.

Heavenly Father,  thank you for Jesus.  Thank you for this amazing gift we have in knowing Him and being made new through Him.  I pray this year as we give gifts that we will share with others the greatest gift you have given us.  Amen.

 

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