Do you ever find yourself comparing the gifts you receive at Christmas? If you do, it’s probably a good idea not to mention this to anyone else, especially those whose gift may not have rated as highly as others in your estimation. Continue reading . . .
Do you ever find yourself comparing the gifts you receive at Christmas? If you do, it’s probably a good idea not to mention this to anyone else, especially those whose gift may not have rated as highly as others in your estimation.
What about God’s gifts to us? Is it possible to rate them in terms of their importance or value? On the one hand, the greatest gift God could ever give to hell-deserving sinners like you and me is himself. Nothing else can even remotely compare with the glorious gift of seeing God and knowing God and enjoying God forever. But let’s put that aside for just a moment and consider all the other wonderful gifts that God has bestowed on us.
I would like to suggest that the most wonderful of all God’s gifts to us, other than himself, is the right and privilege and authority to become his adopted children. Here is how the Apostle John put it:
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2).
John’s tone and terms virtually bristle with urgency and excitement. “Come quickly and see! Look! Listen! You can’t imagine what I have to tell you!” I like that. Here’s an elderly man nearing the end of life who still gets excited about the lo