Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 NIV)
What is one of the best Christmas gift that you’ve ever received?
I received one of my best Christmas gifts twenty-one years ago when my first grandson was born. This unexpected gift to our family changed our lives forever. Since then, God has blessed us with six more grandchildren.
The Word “Gift.” A couple of years ago, I looked up the word “gift” in an online version of the Bible (YouVersion.com, New Living Translation), and I found almost 400 verses that included that word.
One familiar scripture stood out to me that day. “We have different gifts, according to
the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12:6).
This promise reminds me that I didn’t earn or deserve any the spiritual gifts that I might possess. They are part of my spiritual inheritance as a Christ-follower.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
The Ultimate Gift Giver. As I approach this Christmas season of gift giving and receiving, often I get distracted by all emphasis on buying and exchanging gifts. And it’s a battle to keep my focus on the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.
We’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our children and grandchildren soon. But I pray that we can keep our focus on The Ultimate Gift Giver and His Gift to us all.
”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
What gift are you focused on this Christmas?