Precious Gifts

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The subject of gifts is on many people’s minds today. Much money is spent on gifts this month. Many people hardly know what gift will be appreciated and needed by the people for whom they are buying gifts. Some will receive a gift they will cherish and hold most dear to them throughout the coming years.
In this season of gift-giving, many people overlook the most precious gifts that ever were and are still given to man. Many do not cherish these gifts but rather count them as useless.
James reminds us that, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (Jas 1:17).
The apostle Paul said about God, “Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). He told Timothy, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1Ti 6:17).
All men are recipients of good gifts from God’s hands whether they serve God or not. Many go on living their lives as though they do not need God and can make it in their own strength. How foolish this must look to God as He daily gives life and breath to all men, and showers blessings of rain and sunshine to prosper the crops of the earth.
The greatest gift ever given to any man was given on the cross of Calvary. 2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” The apostle Paul saw this gift of salvation as being unspeakable. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We can only realize the preciousness of this gift as we become partakers of it. We can only show our appreciation to God for this gift by first being a recipient by choice and then living in gratitude to Him.
As we are recipients of this great gift of salvation, then we can experience more of the blessings and gifts of God. Peter told the convicted sinners at Pentecost, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). He tells of the gift of salvation and then as we receive that, we also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is another precious gift given to man by God. How much is the gift of the Holy Ghost worth to us? How precious are the workings of the Spirit within our hearts?
We hear the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” What appreciation we should have to God for the gift of victory over the bondage of sin and wickedness. It is not in our own strength that we can be victorious, but in the strength of our God.
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus invites us to, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The blessing of soul rest is another very precious gift from God. Many people do not realize the burden, and the load of sin is so hard to bear. They somehow get accustomed to it. But when we find forgiveness in Christ and the burden of sin is rolled away, we only then realize how weighted down we really were. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). What a priceless gift is the peace of God in our hearts!
Jesus said in John 17: 14, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” This gift of the Word of God is another very precious gift to us. It is through the Word that we understand our need of a Saviour and we know how to find the salvation that God has provided for all mankind. The Word has many precious promises for us from God that we cherish as we face life and its frustrations.
Another precious gift we have received from God is His grace. “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (Jas 4:6). If we will but humble our proud hearts, we can receive the grace of God to help us to live for Him. What value could we place on the grace of God? Can we really know the value? It is another one of the unspeakable gifts of God bestowed upon unworthy man.
James also tells us of another gift God gives very liberally to those who ask. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (Jas 1:5). Again we pause in consideration of the preciousness of this gift, and we find ourselves not knowing how to express its value in words.
May God help us to appreciate anew the manifold gifts He showers upon us each day. May we express our appreciation to God for these precious gifts by responding as the Psalmist, “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people” (Psa 116:12-14).