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The Need To Receive

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)

When my Grandson Levi was five years of age I took him to lunch one Friday afternoon after school.  During our time together, I asked him how his day at school had gone.  He said, “It was good,” and then went on to tell me that he loved to go to school during Christmas time.  I asked him why, and he said because it was fun to do all the crafts. 

I then asked Levi, “Why do we celebrate Christmas?”  And he answered, “We celebrate it because it is God’s birthday.”  I said, "You're right Levi."  He then said, “But I don’t understand why we are the ones who get the presents.”

I told Levi, God loves to give us gifts, just like your dad likes to give you gifts, so we sort of copy God, by giving gifts to each other.  I shared with him the types of gifts God has given us, including our very life along with all of the physical abilities we have.  I shared how He provides for us, and protects us, and reminded him how God gave us our families.  I then shared with my grandson about the greatest gift we have been given—the gift of Jesus—how we are offered the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Him.

I then told Levi, “Imagine if I your father gave you a gift, and it was all wrapped up pretty and placed under the tree—there it sat with your name on it, but you chose not to unwrap the gift or use it. You knew it was there, and you knew it was a gift to you personally, but you chose not to accept it or use it.  It would almost be like you really never received it.”

Levi thought about it for a moment, and then his eyes got big, and he said, “That wouldn’t be a good idea.  I would never do that.  I always open my gifts, and I always use them.”  

Even at five years of age, this young boy understood the concept of a gift, and he realized it would be foolish to not receive it.  Levi knows who Jesus is, and he knows what it means to do something that is wrong.  He understands we celebrate Christmas because we are celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus, and best of all, Levi has accepted the gift of God by receiving Jesus into his heart.  Thank You God for Levi, and thank You for Your gift of Jesus to us. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 1:12, who does God give the right to be His children?  What must we do to become His child?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you received God’s gift of eternal life yet, by receiving Jesus into your heart?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Help share God’s gift of eternal life by sharing the gospel message this holiday season.  After all, Jesus is the reason for this season.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gift of Jesus to me.  Help me to share this message today with those who are in my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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