What a Gift!

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Cor 9:15)

Paul was writing his second letter to the church at Corinth and speaking on the subject of giving. His discourse climaxes with an exclamation of God's extravagant love for us that we should have Jesus, his own Son. No words can do justice or even come close to defining how wonderful it is. The gift of Christ transcends any an all superlatives, and it certainly exceeds our ability to imagine anything capable of being more grand. Charles Wesley exclaimed: "O for a thousand tongues to sing/ My great Redeemer's praise,/ The glories of my God and King,/ The triumph of His grace." The gift of infinite love is far beyond the finite grasp of our minds.

A young child was having trouble going to sleep and was heard crying in bed. Her father brought his daughter all the things that might solve the problem, including her favorite stuffed animals. But nothing helped. Finally, he asked, "What is it that will make you stop crying?" The child answered, "If you will stay with me."

The greatest gift we can give one another is the gift of being...being with one another. The poet reminds us, "the gift without the give is bare." The gift of Christ is no less than the gift of God himself to the world. It is the highest and costliest gift he could give to us. It is "his indescribable gift."

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the greatest gift that could be given to anyone. Please help us to remember that this gift is not only for us, but for all people. Help us to be faithful to remember to spread the love of Jesus and give testimony to Your Word to those we come in contact with.

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