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The unopened gift from God

1/1/2009

We were in Idaho Falls for Christmas with our 3 grandkids.  Needless to say, they all received an abundance of gifts.  My granddaughter, Aria, got so many gifts that I told her mother to save our most special gift for later.  This was so Aria can open it when she has a bad day and needs some encouragement.

This is the season when gifts abound.  Isn’t it?  You can see Fedex and other delivery services speeding around leaving packages outside of homes.  When people come home (especially this time of year) they look to see if something has been delivered.  Yet sometimes a package just stays on the front porch unopened.  When I see this, I think the giver would be awfully hurt if they knew.

In Ephesians 2 God tells us about “the gift” that He sent to us. This gift is the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.  The problem with this gift is that many people throughout history have left this gift outside of their lives and unopened.  How do you open God’s gift, Jesus Christ, and let Him into your life? John 1:12 tells us - But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (Lord Jesus Christ). Read Ephesians 2:1-9 and Romans 10:9-13.

God sent us Jesus to take way our sins. (Read Matthew 1:21.) This forgiveness gives us eternal life with Him, stopping an eternity of bad days in hell. God also sent this gift so His Spirit could live within us. (Read Ephesians 1:13.) Is God’s gift waiting outside of your life for you to open?  God longs for you to open His gift… If Jesus is in your life do you treat God’s greatest gift to you as you should?  Or do you treat Jesus as a gift that doesn’t mean a whole lot to you?  (You know, the type that sits and collects dust.)  Read Isaiah 30:18, Mark 12:29-30, 1 Corinthians 6:11-20 and Ephesians 5:1-2.

Because of His Gift the Lord Jesus Christ, gini

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