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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.”—Psalm 116: 13 (NKJV)
Isn’t it fun to receive a gift? It doesn’t matter whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or just a random Thursday. And when a gift is given in love, it just adds to the joy.
Look around. Gifts are everywhere. The beauty of creation, another day on earth, your breath, your heartbeat, family, friends, your work, your gifts, and your talents. The list is long. The amazing thing is that we did nothing to earn or receive these gifts; they come from the Lord. James 1:17 (NKJV) tells us, “Every good and every perfect gift is from above . . .”
Even more marvelous is that God offered to mankind the greatest of all gifts—Jesus. God gave His Son to all mankind so He could pay for all our sins and failures and give us the ultimate in life everlasting. John 1:12 (NKJV) says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name . . .”
So, what does it mean to receive Christ? The key word is believe. Receiving is another word used to describe believing. Believing and receiving complement each other. To receive is to believe and to believe is to receive.
Not only is this gift free, but there are no strings attached! You have a choice. You can either accept God’s free gift of His Son, or you can say, “No thanks,” and walk away empty handed.
Receiving Christ requires active participation. For example, suppose someone has a gift for you. In order for that gift to be yours, you must open your hands and receive it. It’s not officially yours until you take that step.
The heart of the Bible is God’s love for mankind, which is summed up in John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 is sometimes called The Good News in Miniature:
For God—the greatest lover
So loved—the greatest degree
The world—the greatest number
That He gave—the greatest act
His only begotten Son—the greatest gift
That whoever—the greatest invitation
Believes—the greatest simplicity
In Him—the greatest Person
Should not perish—the greatest deliverance
But—the greatest difference
Have—the greatest certainty
Everlasting life—the greatest possession
So where do you stand today with Jesus Christ? Is He truly your Savior? He can be if you believe in Him and receive Him with all your heart.
DIG: If you died today, are you confident you will enter into His presence?
DISCOVER: Read Psalm 116:12-13. Think about everything God has given to you.
DISPLAY: Because of His great gift to you, tell someone what He has done for you . . . and for them!