The Gift of Eternal Life | Devotion #5: From the Start\
Gareth Volz | Seniors 55+ Director
If you are like me, and I think most people are, you love to receive gifts. I will gladly take a gift from almost anyone, but especially from those who love me. That is because those who love me will give me gifts that are tailored to my needs and desires.
Romans 6:23 talks about the gift of God being eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. What is this gift we are given and how does it meet my needs and desires? In Genesis 1:26, we are privy to a discussion amongst the members of the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We read there, “Then God said, ‘let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’” Why did God create us? The following verses give us the answer:
Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul adds, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Psalms 16:11 continues, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
We were created to have fellowship with God, to honor Him, and serve Him. But sin got between God and us. Satan tempted and deceived the first humans God created (Adam and Eve). From that point on, mankind has chosen sin over God. In Romans 5:12 we read, “Therefore just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Sin is doing what God commanded us not to do. If we are honest, we have to admit that we are guilty of this. Ecclesiastes 7:20 sums it up, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”
Since God is holy, sin separates us from Him and must be punished. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Spiritual death separates us from life with God (Ephesians 2:1). Eternal death separates a person, body and soul, from God forever in Hell (Revelation 20:15).
Our situation was hopeless, but God loved us and gave us the perfect gift – the greatest gift ever given – eternal life with Him, courtesy of His Son Jesus Christ. God solved the problem that kept us from having a relationship with Him by sending His only begotten Son to die for us and pay the penalty for our sins. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, we read, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
What a perfect gift designed just for each of us by the God who loves us. If you have not already done so, accept your gift. If you have, enjoy it. God gave it just for you.