ADVENT – THE GIFT

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:6–15)

 

THE GIFT

Most gifts may be easily described: color of wrapping paper, kind of ribbon or bow, size of the box, type of gift — clothing, toy, tool, appliance, etc. How do you describe Jesus — our Father’s gift to us? We have many descriptive words and phrases for Jesus:

  • Son of God

  • Savior

  • Redeemer

  • Prince of Peace

  • Mighty God

  • Author and Finisher of our faith

  • First and Last

  • Passover Lamb

  • Prophet

  • Priest

  • King

  • Cornerstone

  • Bread ofLife

  • Light of the World

  • Vine

All of these words and phrases tell us something about God’s gift — but He is truly indescribable.

What has God really given us in the Gift of His Son? He has given us HOPE for our lives. He has given us FORGIVENESS for our sins. He has given us CHANGED LIVES with meaning, purpose, direction, and vision. He has given us RESTORED FELLOWSHIP with our heavenly Father. He has given us His PRESENCE. He has given us the WORD OF GOD to direct us. He has given us each other — THE BODY OF CHRIST, the Church — the place where we find unconditional love, fellowship, instruction, and correction.

Will you take a few moments to say “Thank you!” yo your Father for the wonderful Gift of His Son? What words do you think of when you try to describe Jesus?

Let’s make this Advent season a time of expressing gratitude to God and to one another for His “indescribable gift.”


 

BOB ODOM

Bob serves as the lead pastor on Lifegate’s pastoral team and is the primary preaching pastor. He received his BA from Asbury College and MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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