The Gift of Eternal Life | Devotion #3: The Best Gift
Michael Fox | Creative Director
What do gifts look like in your family? As a child, as I am sure was the same in a lot of families, gifts were a central focus around Christmas and birthdays. I remember going to sleep on Christmas Eve as a child with an excitement for the next morning that was like no other. What would I get this year? Did Santa bring me everything I asked? I remember feeling like I could not sleep at times with anticipation.
I did not grow up in Church; however, my family began attending Church when I was in my early teens. The desire for gifts never went away, but over the years my family began to see importance during these times to thank God for the gift of eternal life as a part of the Christmas season as well. I have memories of waking up on Christmas morning and the first thing we would do as a family was read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible and take a moment to reflect on that.
Now as a grown adult, I often reflect on what God has given me. If I take a moment, just the fact that I am alive and breathing today is a gift from God. Sometimes I think about how the human body works, how the world is put together, and how the atmosphere and ecosystem all work together to create a world in which we can live. It is hard for me not to see God and in turn be thankful for the gift He has given us.
Romans 6:23 talks about the gift God gives us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God has promised us eternal life in Heaven, with Him. We were all created for a purpose, by God. What is even greater, the gift is free, and all we have to do is believe and ask! Romans 10:9 tell us, “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Having a relationship with Jesus and knowing I have eternal life with Him is the greatest gift I could ever receive!