Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Greatest Gift

The value of a gift

As Christmas approaches we begin our search for the perfect gift for the loved ones on our lists. We put much effort into the gifts that we choose, thinking specifically about the individual or individuals that will receive them. If you’re like me you may have a theme for each gift, whether it’s a favorite movie, candy and popcorn tucked into a big bowl; a great book, a cozy blanket and a mug with their favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate; or a family gift with fun games and holiday snacks, the gifts we give most often are thoughtfully planned for the ones we love.

Most of us are good gift givers but are we good gift receivers?

Because we place value in our loved ones, we want to show them just how much we value them in the gifts that we give to them.

How much more then, does our Heavenly Father value us and desire to give us good gifts.

Look, all of you are flawed in so many ways, yet in spite of all your faults, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to all who ask!

Luke 11:13

Often times there are circumstances or situations in our lives that make us question our value and cause us to doubt our worth. It may have been something we’ve done or something done to us, either way, we start to believe that we don’t deserve good gifts. We see so little value in ourselves that it becomes impossible to think that anyone else could see value in us either.

The Greatest Gift

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!

Luke 2:11

As we recognize and celebrate the birth of a baby who would be the greatest gift the world has ever known, we’re also compelled to look at His death, His sacrifice. He chose to give His life, He chose to be beaten, tortured, humiliated, He chose to give us the gift of eternity with Him and our Heavenly Father. He chose us!
To Him our value was worth His very life, not because of anything we’ve done or haven’t done but because of His great love for us and that is the greatest gift.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

This Christmas as you give gifts to those you love, remember the value of the gift that Jesus chose to give and remember the value He saw in you, receive His gift, receive Him!



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