After most of the gifts of the season are given, many of us start to “survey the loot.” What’s the score for true treasures, gifts you might give to someone else as a gift, gifts you hope to learn how to use, and gifts you will keep simply because they remind you of the giver.
Are you satisfied with your gifts? What determines how satisfied you are? The answer to that question may, in part, depend upon how much you needed the gift. Consider a gift that literally means Life to you.
One of the most precious experiences of my life was being involved with the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. I signed on for general interest in the cause, not realizing that many of the members are organ recipients themselves.
At the first meetng I was approached by different people, who asked in an excited hush, “What did you get?” I thought we were talking about dessert … until each one began to tell me with awe filled voices what they had received. Lungs, kidneys, corneas, and other organs … many recounted with tears in their eyes how they were headed for death and because of a gift of life, they were now healthy and able to tell others about their gift.
Chapter Twenty-Seven of Christmas of Discovery invites you to consider the Gift of Life Jesus is offering you right now. Many of us recognize that we have done things that did not line up with God’s Commandments. The short word for that is “sin,” a word we would prefer to avoid. We may have heard the scripture from Romans 6:23, which says, in part,
For the wages of sin is death…
If we think of God as an all punishing God, we may believe God would kill us on the spot for any infraction. But note, the scripture says, “The wages of sin is death.” Satan, the author of sin, would be happy to pay you the wages of sin. However, read the rest of Romans 6:23.
The Gift of God is Eternal Life in Christ Jesus our Lord!
We can’t get that Gift by our good works or lack of bad ones. It is a GIFT of GOD given through Jesus Christ, our Lord!
To listen to Chapter Twenty-Seven, click on the title, What Did You Get?