Reciprocal Giving

giftAt this gift-giving time of the year, I think about the real Gift that was given, the Gift about which the whole Christmas holiday revolves.  As I read Isaiah 53, I am reminded of the magnitude of God’s gift to us and how excruciatingly painful that gift was for Jesus to give.  It is overwhelming to me that He would knowingly offer Himself to His lowly, rebellious creatures (whom He lovingly made) to be tortured to death in their place.

The happy result of this Gift was our justification.  “. . being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 3:24

This new, unexpected, unearned rightness before God that we receive is a staggering benefit.  It is hard to get our minds around how much this means to us.  To be given something freely that, all our lives, we’ve been unable to obtain, despite our many earnest efforts!  The epiphany of this realization is that it is more appropriate this season that we should give to God the most precious gift we can muster, in humble gratitude for what He has done for us.  To quote Gustav Holst in his last verse of In the Bleak Midwinter,

What can I give Him, poor as I am?                                                                                                 If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;                                                                                   If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;                                                                                  Yet what I can I give Him?    Give Him my heart.

I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.            Romans 12:1

About heartcalm7

The author is grateful for the Faithful Shepherd who has patiently led him along in a very happy and fulfilling life. Discovering a relationship with God, he has moved from a life characterized by worried performance to one of grateful resting. He is a retired physician who has lived in Indiana and Texas, the married father of two adult men and four Montana grandchildren. Scripture memory and meditation upon it have changed his life, and he wishes to add value to the lives of others through his writing. He would be most grateful for you to join him in his journey.
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