The best gift you’ll ever get

Posted: September 5, 2014 in Thoughts on God

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)

Recently I was watching a reality TV show. At the end of the program the employees of the company received gifts based on how well they had done in the competition. The employee that particularly caught my attention received a cash gift of $10,000. On top of that a younger sibling in the same family also received a $10,000 cash gift. These two young people had been homeless for quite a portion of their life. The employer recognized how they had turned their life around and made the best of a bad situation in their family and wanted to honor them with something they had never had. The young man that received the first $10,000 was overwhelmed and exclaimed that this was a “life changing gift”.

I thought to myself, how I would like to give someone a life changing gift. Of course I was thinking money but at that very moment God revealed to me the life changing gifts that I had received that were not money. God also brought to mind the life changing gifts that I had been a part of giving.

You see, we often equate gifts with money or material value but the real life changing gifts don’t have dollar signs in front of them, but have an eternal value. Love, friendship, advice, and a listening ear are all examples of life changing gifts that can point to the ultimate gift of Jesus on the cross. God’s word is full of life changing gifts, gifts for us to give and gifts for us to receive.

What gifts are you missing out on giving and receiving today?

  1. Mikayla says:

    We are doing a bible study on the best gift you’ll ever get and its a great story!!

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