The Treasure in a Gift
by Pastor's Corner on December 8th, 2014

​As far as I can remember gifts have always been a part of Christmas.  I can still envision the anticipation of the children as Christmas morning approached.  There was this awareness that each of them was trying to figure out which gift was theirs.  And of course, we knew that they had secretly surveyed the gifts and had an ideal of which gifts they thought belonged to them. But then I am also reminded of the many children who have no awareness of gifts or of Christmas itself. Then there are those children who are aware of Christmas but also the fact that they will receive no gifts. With all this in mind, I ask myself how did gifts become so important at Christmas.  If the truth were told, we know that all of the gifts shared at Christmas are temporary. They only last for a season whether it be literal or figurative. And yet so much attention is given to gifts at Christmas.
 
Then I am reminded of the Father’s concept of gifts. God has always had a different perspective concerning gifts.  The Bible reminds us that God does not think the way we think. As a result, I would like to encourage you to think from His perspective as we celebrate this Christmas season.  John, in his Gospel, revealed “that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son….” (John 3:16a) Let us meditate together on what we can learn from this simple verse.  First, God gave a gift to all humanity.  Every man, woman, boy, and girl can receive this gift.  No one is exempt or forgotten. This gift is intended for every living person.  Each one of us can approach the throne of God with anticipation that this gift is there for us.  Next, this is no temporary gift.  This is not an external gift that we can unwrap, throw away the paper, discard the box, and then put away until we decide to use it. In contrast, this is a spiritual or internal gift that must be received by each person from the heart.  In other words, each individual must realize that the Father’s gift was meant to change their eternity by reconciling them to their Creator. This is the gift of salvation and remains available to each and every person.
 
As we approach this Christmas we have the opportunity to discern the treasure in the gift. We give temporary gifts with the hopes that they will make a lasting difference in the lives of those we share them with. It is our heart’s desire to bring joy to our children and others we love so dearly. We have spent quality time shopping and sometimes hiding those gifts so that they will be a total surprise to the ones we purchased them for. This is good and those we love are definitely worth our time and sacrifice.  But then God also prepared a gift for us.  He took the time to prepare a plan that would result in our redemption.  He saw something in us that He intended for us to see in ourselves.  However, we would never be able to see ourselves from His perspective without His gift. This was the treasure in His gift. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and in Him is life – eternal life. No gift that any man can give can compare to this gift.  No gift that any parents can give to their children can have this kind of lasting impact. Let me simply remind each of us to give the gift of Jesus to our love ones and may everyday be Christmas.
 
In His Service,
Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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