To Our Community . . .

 

Last week in our worship we described Jesus as the “perfect gift.”  What makes a gift the perfect gift?  Certainly one characteristic of a gift is the number on the price tag. Monetary value is one way to determine the worth of a gift, but I find it to be one of the poorest.  One of the most valuable gifts I have ever received was a piece of jewelry given to me when I was in high school.  It cost only fifty cents, but took years to make.  It was a silver ring.  My Dad made it out of a silver fifty-cent piece and a table spoon. He talked to me about the ring and how it would be just like the one his Dad wore.  All the time I thought he was making a ring for himself but he was making it for me.  I couldn’t believe it when he gave it to me as a Junior in high school.  I wore that ring every day for over 35 years.  All those years I thought I knew the value or worth of the ring.  However, it wasn’t until the day that I gave it away that I really discovered how much it was worth.  You see, the greatest worth of any gift is in the giving. I am so glad I passed the ring on and in doing so increased its worth.  I now share the same joy that my Dad felt when he gave it to me.

I pray that you have received the perfect gift of Jesus Christ in your life.  I am sure that if you have received Jesus Christ, you know what a perfect gift He is.  Have you ever given Jesus to someone else by sharing the gospel with them?  When you do, you will find that on that day the worth of what you have been given will great increase as you give it away. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

                                                          Much love.,
John

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