Friday, December 14, 2012

The Best Gift by Martin Wiles

Small gifts can be life-changing.

One of my favorite Christmas movies is The Christmas Shoes-the story of a busy attorney climbing the corporate ladder and a terminally ill mom celebrating her final Christmas. After revealing her condition, her son begins the search for the best Christmas gift and unearths it in a pair of red dancing shoes which he sells cans to purchase. As his mom robs her final breaths, he rushes to the store only to discover he’s several dollars short. By chance, the overworked attorney is there frantically searching for last minute gifts and deals the difference.

With shoes in hand, young Nathan arrives just before his mom dies, and the attorney finds himself singing Christmas carols with his family outside the very home where the mother is dying-but with her feet now wrapped in the perfect Christmas gift.

God’s best gift also came in a small package. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich (II Corinthians 8:9 NLT).

The best Christmas gift was undeserved. Our sinfulness made God’s gift of his Son unmerited, but he wasn’t concerned with our worth. Unconditional love moved him to act in our behalf starting with the birth of his Son in a manger.

Superlative gifts perpetuate. God gives his Son to all who ask. Once we receive him through faith, we have the privilege of sharing him. Life’s most excellent gift deserves to be shared, not hoarded selfishly. God laid down his best for us in a small manger baby who would grow up and give his life on a cross to purchase our forgiveness. Have you received the best Christmas gift? If so, who do you need to share it with?

Prayer: Father, we praise You for demonstrating Your matchless love by sending Your Son from the bounty of heaven to a lowly earthly manger to purchase our salvation. Thank You for giving us the best Christmas gift of all and for demonstrating that expensive gifts often come wrapped in small packages.

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