It’s my birthday today. And like any birthday celebrant, I am expecting to receive gifts from my loved ones.
Sometimes we say it doesn’t matter what kind, but when you have a clue that your Wife is planning to get you something you’ve really been wanting to have. Then the level of excitement proves that sometimes -it does matter!
Amidst my excitement of receiving that gift anytime this day, nothing beats the gifts that God has already given me. And when you have the best gifts already in your possession, every thing you get after that just falls under the category of a “bonus”, things “added”.
If you’re a Bible believing Christian, these are nothing new. But just as it has brought me great joy to be reminded of these gifts, I hope it does the same to you as well.
And if you’re learning about this for the first time, I hope that this gets you all giddy by the time you finish reading.
Here are those gifts.
1. Gift of eternal life
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23English Standard Version (ESV)
Think of the simplest sin that you ever committed. Whatever that is, that condemns you of eternal death in hell.
But if you receive JESUS as your Lord and Savior by faith, turning away from your old life and surrendering to His Lordship, instead of judgement you get a gift. The gift of eternal life. A sure seat in heaven. An assurance of an eternal destiny; having close communion with God in a perfect place where there is no sickness,no poverty, no wars, just pure perfection.
Ok so that sounds like a great insurance policy. Like the best one! However, we still have the here and now. A life that cannot escape pain, worry, lack, sickness and death.
But wait! There’s more! All you ever need in this life is found in the next gift.
2. Gift of the Holy Spirit
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13 ESV)
This Gift is not just a power, a solution, provision, this Gift is a Person. It’s JESUS Christ living in you. If you’ve received Him as your Lord and Savior, you can expect His presence to be with you all through life’s humps and bumps. And He doesn’t just offer the peace that comes with His presence, but supernatural abilities that enable you to do all things under His will.
So how can you not be satisfied? Everything you need has been covered with these gifts.
Time to be grateful, time to act in worship, time to joyfully change in response to the best gifts Christians have ever received.
If you haven’t received these gifts, what are you waiting for? Join the celebration my friend. These gifts are blood bought, sealed and delivered to you through what Jesus Christ did in the cross. Receive these by faith.