1998-12-25 - Special Delivery
Christmas Day 1998
Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Few things last forever, especially in the new condition that they are given. The day after Christmas, pieces are missing, batteries are worn out, things are showing signs of wear.
We shop and shop and shop til we drop, but sometimes we buy things that are the wrong size, off-color, or unwanted by the recipient. Once in a while we even forget to buy for someone on our list.
The stores are crowded, playing tinny music; things are picked over, twice- dropped. People are crabby, overspent, tired, and singing "Joy to the World".
I thought about all of this and wondered why we bother. Nothing I can give can top the gift that God gave to me; the day that He created the world, stepped off His throne and formed Adam with His hands, He knew that He would have to step out of Heaven once again and use His hands to give life to the whole world.
His gift is the right size, right color, always in style, fresh every day and no one is forgotten. It's from His heart, not out of duty or obligation. He loves each one of us so very much. We don't deserve Him, but He gives us His presence to dwell within us forever and forever.
So, sit down, put your feet up, open a Good Book and discover for Yourself that the best gift was already given.
Dear Father, I thank You so much for the gift You gave to me. Isaiah seemed to be talking about me when He said that "All we like sheep have gone away, we have turned everyone to his own way." Father, it amazes me that the Bible, written all those years ago, points right at my heart. Thank You that he finished that verse, "and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." I don't deserve Your mercy, and I don't deserve Jesus. Thank You that He is a gift. A precious gift, wrapped in love. Amazing. Grace.