A Gift is Special (Weekend Devotional)

October 6, 2012 | Tags: ,

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

As I’m wrapping presents for a birthday party we are going to, I began thinking about the concept of giving gifts. To children especially, gifts are special. When my kids see a gift anywhere in their vicinity, they immediately ask who it’s for, always hoping in the back of their minds it’s for them.  When it is, their faces light up with excitement. What could be it be? I can’t wait to open it and find out!

How wonderful that concept is to a child. They don’t worry about whether they earned it or whether they have to pay someone back for it. They just receive it. Enthusiastically and without question. They truly understand the concept of a gift.

As we get older, we have a much harder time receiving gifts. We think, if someone gives me a gift, I need to make sure I know how much they spent so I can give them something similar in value next time. We have this internal accounting system that makes sure the columns are balanced between us and others. I think we’ve completely missed the point. I think that’s why many grow-ups have a difficult time understanding the gift of salvation.

We have mistaken a gift for a wage. A wage is something we earn. A gift is something we did not earn. We receive a wage for doing something. We receive a gift for doing nothing.

Jesus’ offer of salvation for all who believe is a gift we receive by faith. We can do nothing to earn it. No amount of work on our part will satisfy the sin-debt on our lives. The only One who paid that debt for us was Jesus when He died on the cross. And now He extends the gift of eternal life to everyone who has lived since. It’s available right now. Who will receive it like a child receives a beautifully wrapped present with her name on it?

By Courtney Silberman

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