The Gift of Blessings | Devotion #6: Best Holiday, Best Gift
Gareth Volz | Seniors 55+ Director
If you ask people what their favorite holiday is, most people will answer “Christmas” without hesitation. Christmas is a time when we exchange gifts with the ones we love. We know what our loved ones need or desire, and we buy or make gifts that will be a blessing to them. It brings us joy when our loved ones open our gifts and are surprised, excited, and thankful. Their joy blesses us.
If we are honest, we also hope our loved ones will bless us with gifts that we need or desire. As we share in the exchanging of gifts, we show each other our love. However, most of the gifts we give at Christmas satisfy for only a short amount of time. New needs and desires enter our life, and the gifts we were given a few weeks or months ago are not as important and maybe even forgotten.
However, Christmas is not about the gifts we give others or the gifts they give us, but rather God’s gift to all mankind. In 2 Corinthians 9:15, Paul said, “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift.” God’s inexpressible gift that first Christmas was His Son, Jesus, the Christ (the Messiah).
God’s creation was perfect, and man was created to walk with God and have a beautiful relationship with Him. But man sinned, and God cannot have fellowship with sinners. Therefore, because God loved us so much, He created a perfect plan to restore man’s fellowship with Him. Since the penalty for sin is death, God sent His perfect, holy, Son to take on human form, live a perfect life on this earth, and die in our place. Jesus took on Himself the penalty for our sin and paid it, that we could have His righteousness and a restored relationship with God. That is God’s inexpressible gift.
James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” God’s gift of Jesus our Savior never loses its importance in our lives. It never becomes old or forgotten, and no new gift can ever take its place. We are loved by God, and nothing is better than that.