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Exchanging Gifts With God

Exchanging Gifts With God
Will You Share It With Others?

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

"For unto us..."  These three words speak of the decision by God to give us His Son - He would leave heaven and come to earth with the goal of providing a way for us to be reunited and to have a relationship with Him.

As each year comes to an end it is met with the most joyous day that speaks of beginnings -  it is Christmas - a day chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  This day long known for the exchanging of gifts celebrates one of the greatest gifts ever given to mankind. God's Perfect gift exchange includes Him freely giving His only begotten Son to whomever would choose to receive Him.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12 (NKJV)

In turn those who received God's gift would respond in kind by giving, or "surrendering" their own lives as a gift to Him.  And by surrendering our lives, making Him our delight, and choosing to make His ways our ways, He has given us some great details of the future gifts we will be given.  We see these promises in Psalm 37.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Psalms 37:3-7 (NKJV)

I think what amazes me the most about God's gift of forgiveness and salvation to us is that He allows us to be an integral part of giving it to others.  That's right, He could have had His angels do it, or He could have with a thunderous voice chosen to shout it from heaven, but He chose us to share the Gospel message.  Each of us has been given many unique relationships with a variety of people within our lives.  And each of these relationships provides a bridge for us to bring over this wonderful message.  It is important for us to know that how we choose to treat others is the very foundation of these bridges.  This is because it provides validity of what Christ has done in our heart as a true Christian believer.

I remember a few years back, seeing a lady attempt to feed a stray dog up the street.  She wanted very much to help the dog, but the dog, probably because of its history with other humans, didn't trust her.  Each day, this lady would faithfully come to the abandoned field and she would attempt to get the dog to come to her.  When he would refuse, she would show him unmerited acts of kindness by leaving him food to eat.  Days and weeks went by until one day the dog came to her.  He knew her by her faithful loving actions, and he now trusted her with his very life.  When he finally received all she had to offer his life was transformed and he was given a new home.

In many ways, those people who are not saved are like that dog in the field - they are just roaming around lost, and they don't have much trust in God because of their history with humans professing to be Christian.  But when we show them grace (unmerited favor) and we simply love them regardless of how they receive us - they will eventually begin to trust God, and eventually, they will receive what He has to offer through us.  

Hey Christian, we can choose to profess Jesus as our savior, but our actions will inevitably qualify or even disqualify us from being able to speak into the lives of others and sharing with them God's greatest gift. I want to encourage you today, make a list of the people that God has put into your life - people you believe you have shown unmerited favor to.  I want to encourage you to share with them God's gift this Christmas share with them what God has done in your life, and what He is continuing to do.  Share with them about what Jesus has done on the cross, and why we celebrate this great holiday.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 1:12, how many people will have the ability to be saved?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you received Christ into your heart as Lord and Savior?  Are you willing to pass on this gift to others?

APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to help you make a list this Christmas.  Don't just make the list for those who've been nice, but for those who've been naughty.  Share with them the free gift of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Share with them the gift of eternal life.

Father, thank You for the gift of eternal life.  Thank You for allowing Your Son to come and die for me.  Thank You for Your amazing grace, love and salvation.  Help me to compose a list of people to share this gift with.  Help me to be bold in love and to go forth and share with each of them.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

I pray a blessing upon you and yours this day, and I hope you are able to reflect upon every blessing our Lord and Savior has bestowed upon you this year.  God bless you...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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