Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gifts That Keep on Giving

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15

Recommended Reading
2 Peter 1:2-4

According to the Christmas cultural calendar, yesterday was the day to open gifts and today is the day to return them. For so many people, gifts dominate the Christmas scene—buying, wrapping, giving, receiving, thanking, and then returning. More than a huge investment of energy, returning gifts directly contradicts the idea behind the first Christmas Gift, Jesus himself.

God promised in the Old Testament, and in the beginning of the New, that He was going to give the world a Savior—and He did. That promise was good and true. It has never been taken back and never will be. The gift of eternal life in Christ, by definition, is contrary to the idea of returning gifts. Not only was God's promised gift of a Savior permanent, all His promises are just as trustworthy. Peter calls them God's "exceedingly great and precious promises" through which we may be "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Even though the world misses the most important point of Christmas, we can experience it every day. Every promise of God is a gift of certainty!

Find a promise in Scripture today and cling to it, knowing that it is a gift that keeps on giving.

Assurance is our reaction to the gift of salvation and our reflection on our trust in Christ.
Sinclair Ferguson

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