Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Only Gift That Satisfies

Each year millions of kids get up Christmas morning and rush to see what gifts are under the Christmas tree. Usually, if they are like most American kids, they get the specific gift they were hoping for. We're pretty spoiled in this country. As a matter of fact, we are SO spoiled that last years Christmas gifts are soon forgotten and this Christmas we will want a newer, brighter, better whatever-it-was and we'll repeat the same thing year after year after year.

Nothing seems to last. We get easily bored and tire quickly of our gifts, even the most unique ones.

We had a pair of Kirby vacuum cleaner sales reps come to our door last night. They were really sure we wanted their latest vacuum cleaner. I told them we literally had our carpets cleaned just the day before but they were still insistent on showing be their fabulous new machine. Even when I tld them we JUST bought a new vacuum cleaner they still wanted to clean our already clean living room carpet.

Sometimes I wonder if I sound like a vacuum cleaner salesman when I talk to someone about Jesus. I hope not. I don't provide any flashy demonstrations like Kirby but I do tell people that Jesus can "make them clean" Ha ha! . . . even if they're REALLY dirty.

Jesus doesn't need any salesmen and, unlike the Kirby vacuum cleaner company, His "product" (salvation) is totally free! And it has an eternal guarantee!!

The cool thing is, after you receive the free gift of salvation you will never need to receive anything again. God always provides. And here's the interesting thing . . . after we receive God's Holy Spirit we become content with whatever it is that we have been given in this life. Suddenly we have everything we need because God is enough.

Salvation is the only gift that satisfies . . . and sanctifies. :)

Have you made Jesus your Lord and Savior? If you have, here's proof. What do you want this Christmas? If you have truly received God's Holy Spirit in your heart the answer most likely is "I don't want anything"

"8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.  10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:8-10

"16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures." - James 1:16-18

The Gift - Jim Brickman

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