The Gift of God
Have you considered how many good things you receive from God? Do you ‘count your blessings’? Many fail to appreciate just how indebted they are to the Lord but the Bible leaves us in no doubt: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights” (Jam.1:17). What does God give us?
We owe our very existence to God. Paul said, “he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). God made the world and He made it fruitful, providing our necessary food. He grants us our health and strength too. These are God’s gifts and we should thank Him for them. How kind He is to us when we do not deserve even the least of all His mercies! Yet is there not much more to life than our bodily needs?
It is not uncommon to find people who have every material comfort but are not content. Deep down they despair of life because it seems to have no ultimate meaning or purpose. It is to this situation that the Bible speaks with such clarity. It has a wonderful message for us all which goes to the very heart of things.
Perhaps you ask yourself at times, What will bring me real joy in the place of sadness? Where may I find true peace of mind and freedom from fear? How can I have a lasting hope for the future? We need to understand that these things are also the gifts of God. They are the gifts of His grace. Listen to these words of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, spoken to His disciples:
“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3); “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27); “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11 ) .
How may these priceless gifts be ours? There is only one way. We must receive the greatest gift of all, Jesus Himself, and salvation in Him.
We are all sinners by nature and it is our sins that have separated us from the friendship of God; indeed they are taking us down to hell. But God gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ that sinners might be saved. Jesus died on the cross to pay the debts His people owe to a holy and just God and to reconcile them to Him forever. Jesus is the “pearl of great price” (Matt.13:46) for “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Have you turned from your sins and trusted in the Saviour? Does He dwell in your heart by faith? Only then will you enjoy the bountiful blessings of a gracious God. You will know the forgiveness of your sins. You will be a child of God. You will have eternal life.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Some miss salvation because they never seek it and some miss it because they seek it in the wrong place. Others miss it however because they seek it in the wrong way. Jesus said to the woman at the well, “If thou newest the gift of God” (John 4:10). May that precious gift be yours.