The Gift of Blessings | Devotion #2: Thanks
James Clouse

When I think of a gift, I think of good and bad gifts. Bad gifts would include a full-size pink bunny outfit. A good gift would include an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (Shout-out to The Christmas Story). If you have ever seen this movie, then you understand the disappointment that Ralphie felt when he did not get his toy gun Christmas morning. But then, to his excitement, there behind the tree was one more wrapped gift. You could see the inexpressible joy in his face.  

I get excited when it gets close to the Christmas season. I love everything about Christmas time: the cocoa, snow, and famous radio Christmas songs sung by the great Bing Crosby. But all of these things are not the main reason I get so excited around Christmas. The main reason I get so excited is that Christ has come to save me from my sins. 

The God of Heaven sent His Son, the Christ, to die for us on the cross. I know that I am a sinner in need of salvation. Christ came to offer up that salvation we need and cleansed us before His Father. 

2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

Inexpressible means a feeling too strong to describe in words. God did not have to say in words how much He loves us because He sent that love down in the form of His Son. There are no better ways to describe God’s love for us than just seeing the amazing sacrifice it took for this to happen. 

I get so excited on Christmas morning to open my gifts. I am like a little child every Christmas morning. When I was a kid my brother and I would get up super early in the morning, separate our gifts into piles, shake them, smell them, and try to tell what they were. My parents would wake up and have their coffee in hand, and we would start opening up gifts as savages tear into a piece of meat. I would take my favorite gift of the morning and what do you think I did? Did I toss it aside and not give it any more thought? Did I take it to my room, hide it under my bed, and never use it? Of course not! My parents would have been shocked and in disbelief. I would proclaim loudly the gift I had just received. I would use it every chance I got just as Ralphie did the moment he opened his gun.

As Christians, we take advantage of the inexpressible gift that God has given us. I believe that God is often shocked and in awe of how little we care about the gift that He has given us. Christians, it is time to recognize the importance of what God has given. Show God this Christmas how thankful you are for His inexpressible gift.

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