Devotions

Christmas Choke Artist

The Gift of Eternal Life | Devotion #2: Christmas Choke Artist
Richie Henson | Production Director

My wife is a wonderful gift giver. She always seems to know exactly what to get. Each Christmas, I open my gift, and I fist pump like Tiger Woods while crying tears of contentment and joy. I, however, am a terrible gift giver. It is not that my wife does not drop great subtle hints (literally sending me texts with photos), but I am, to coin a phrase, a Christmas choke artist. It is so bad that one year I may have given her an electric toothbrush as part of her gift. Before you boo and hiss or try to key my car, let me say, I am improving. I know that I am no expert like my wife, but each year, I get a little closer to buying a good gift.

When I think about my lack of gift skills, it reminds me of my relationship to God. Many times, I feel like I have some great idea of how I can give a gift to God. I feel as though when I do these great acts of service, or give of my resources to help another, that in some way, I am giving a good gift to God. However, I am reminded by Romans chapter 6, that my wages, my works, have earned me nothing but death. 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.” How quickly I forget that before I knew Jesus, the only thing I had to offer was sin and destruction, but because our Father is such a magnificent gift giver, I now have the ability through salvation in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit to offer my life not as a gift, but a sacrifice. 

Serving God is not about giving gifts to God. Instead, it is all about the gift that our Father has given us through the Son, Jesus Christ. I could never earn it or repay it. So, I give my life in thanks for it. My prayer for us this holiday season is that we be a light in the world to show the vastness of our Father’s gift of eternal life.



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