The Most Important Part of Gifting

One night years ago, I went to the grandkids house to help wrap their Christmas gifts for their parents.

They had gotten their mama a glass candy jar. After studying the jar, the boys decided the best way to wrap the gift was to roll it in paper like a mummy. 

After about 15 layers, they decided the jar was wrapped and ready to be taped. Max stood up and held the jar carefully on both ends, wrestling to keep all the paper from unrolling. 

Zac began to wrap tape around the paper swathed jar.  He wrapped around and around, overlapping each wrap on the other for “security reasons.” Finally, the boys lay the gift carefully on the floor. 

They squatted down and surveyed their work.  Satisfied the present was absolutely wrapped, the boys lovingly placed the gift under the tree. The gift was a monument to wrapping; not even nuclear war could unravel their work!   

Max sighed and said, “Ok, now, mom’s gift is all done.”  Zac solemnly said, “No, Max, the gift isn’t done until mom actually opens it, then it is done.” Zac and Max’s gifting for their mom would not be finished until their mom received the gift.   

So it is with God’s gift of his son.  Have YOU actually received the gift?  Take a moment now, humble yourself and ask Jesus into your heart to forgive all your sins. Being a Christian isn’t about rules and regulations, it’s about a relationship. Through that relationship, our lives are changed.  

(John 3:16)  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus, so that I can be your child.  I want to receive that gift; forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you. Amen.

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