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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“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 (NKJV)
I think we can all be honest with ourselves and admit that we LOVE receiving gifts! Seriously, what’s not to love about getting cool things from people who care about you? I remember the best gift ever given to me as a kid was a Nintendo 64, complete with Super Mario 64. Man, I got so many hours and so much enjoyment out of that console.
To this day, I still love receiving gifts. But now, at 33, particularly as a father, I’ve noticed something very interesting: I get way more enjoyment out of giving gifts. No gift I’ve received in adulthood has made me feel like I did when I was a kid, but whenever I give my son or daughter a gift they really want, seeing the excitement and happiness on their face brings that feeling back for me.
As I think about gift giving, I’m reminded of Matthew 7:11 (NLT), which says, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” And, man, does our heavenly Father know how to give a gift!
John 3:16 tells us that God gave His only Son so that all those who believe would receive the gift of eternal life. Romans 8:32 (NIV) further elaborates by saying, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” This is how much our heavenly Father loves us. This is how much He wanted to redeem us and adopt us into His family: He was willing to pay the ultimate price to atone for our sins and make us right with Him!
As Christ-followers, we’ve received a gift that will keep on giving forever—the greatest gift the world has ever known . . . and all we have to do is believe. Jesus paid the ultimate, highest price to purchase this gift for us so that He could offer it to us freely!
So today, remember that God made a way for us to go to heaven. Remember that He set us free by the blood of Christ. And above all, remember that salvation is a gift of God through Christ; we didn’t earn and we don’t deserve it . . . but we have it anyway!
DIG: Do you remember the day you received the greatest gift of all—God’s gift of salvation?
DISCOVER: Have you ever led someone in a prayer to receive Christ’s gift of eternal life? If so, how did it feel to be used by God in this way?
DISPLAY: Tell someone today about the amazing gift you received from God.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.