Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Gift from God

Gifts to find, gifts to purchase, gifts to deliver, gifts to return, gifts, gifts, gifts...

Do you ever think about how much the "true meaning" of Christmas is lost, because of the focus on buying each other gifts?  We hurry to find just the right gift and we worry whether it is the right gift and it becomes a huge job for everyone.  No longer is the joy of Christmas being felt, instead it becomes a jumble of emotions that Christmas is not suppose to be about...

Reading from Ephesians 2:8 this morning these words -
God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Indeed God gives us the gift of grace that we are so unworthy of, but because He sent His son so many years ago to be born, to walk this earth, to share His Words, and then to the cross to die for me and for you; we are able to be forgiven.  It is a gift that we are each allowed to open for ourselves.  It is our choice to open or leave unopened .  A gift that is so hard for all of us to grasp.  How?  How can God forgive us?  We don't have to understand it, we just have to accept the gift of love and open it.  The only explanation are the words that are shared with us in John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Nothing we have done or will do earns us grace.  Absolutely nothing other than to believe God and open His amazing gift!  Once we open this gift the "true meaning of Christmas" is opened as well.  It's not about the gifts under a tree; no it is the baby born a long time ago in a manager.  A baby sent by His Father to show His Amazing Love to all who open the gift of grace given only by Him!

Sweet blessings,

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