23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As Christmas approaches, our minds turn toward giving and receiving. Some of us are looking for the perfect usable gift for the ones we love. Others are hinting to friends and family what we are hoping to receive. This is a season of giving!
It should also be a time when we look into God’s Word and discover how He gave His best gift to us over 2,000 years ago. That is what Christmas is all about. His gift, Christ our Savior, should settle the question of the best gift. If you have chosen Him, it is time to give to others the opportunity to know Him as you do. In that way you will have chosen and given the best gift this Christmas.
In Romans 6:23, Paul teaches that sin pays us with spiritual death. That is a hopeless prospect. But God’s free gift to us is never-ending life in Christ as we receive Him by faith. If we accept His death for us as payment for our sins, we are then free to live productive lives, and we are guaranteed security in the life after this. The unusual thing about this gift is that it cannot be earned or deserved.
Here is the Good News! Since we will all face physical death one day, and because someone has to pay for all the mistakes we make, Jesus said, “I will do it.” He agreed to pay for all of our sins. On the cross He said, “It is finished.” By paying our sin debt, Jesus proved His love for us. At Christmas you can choose His best gift by faith and offer it to someone else.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Have you accepted Jesus’ death as payment for your sin?
- Do you have a list of friends and acquaintances who need God’s gift of forgiveness?
- Will you begin today to pray for the person you would like to share God’s gift with?
Just as Jesus payed the debt for our sins to give us the gift of eternal life, I encourage you to share God’s love with a neighbor this Christmas Season. You can do this by paying for someone in the drive thru behind you, baking cookies for a neighbor, or as a family helping a neighbor with a chore around their house. Make sure you don’t just do a good deed, but be intentional about sharing who Jesus is to you personally and as a family pray for the individual that you are giving the gift of time and resources to.
Pray for churches in Europe today. Pray for steadfastness, courage, dependence on God, and a burden for lost friends and neighbors for all believers in Europe.