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  • Henry Omotayo

What's in a Gift?

John 3:13-18

Message No. 0616 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca

I recently watched on TV a lady who was being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (or something like that) and could not but notice how happy she was to be so recognized. She was smiling as she spoke and could not contain her happiness. To receive the honor, she had to be at the event several hours before it started, because, of course, it would be unheard of to be late to such an event, and who could be so disrespectful to keep the president waiting. After watching that I thought to myself, if an earthly gift that will one day be worth little makes someone this happy, how much more should a heavenly gift that never perishes.


The truth is, people attach different values to some gift types and the disparity in the values attached is wide. While some may interpret it as an insult if some gift types are presented to them, others will be so elated that they would thank the giver over and over. Indeed, the value of a gift could have no bearing at all with its intrinsic benefit but rather on the interpretation of its presumed benefit by the person who is receiving the gift. The gift of a Ferrari would, not surprisingly, have far less value to a toddler, when compared to the gift of a toy car.


Our upbringing and the environments we grow in would dictate the values that we place on gifts, but there is a Gift that is greater than and superior to all other gifts and should have zero to do with environments or upbringing. When someone receives the gift of a child, every culture and every religion say congratulations. How is it then that most people get it so wrong with the gift of the Son of God. Such a Gift should have gotten everyone’s attention, shouldn’t it?


Well, sadly, man’s archenemy distracts people from paying attention to the Gift that would change their lives and set them on a path for eternal life. While many would show much appreciation for a gift of flowers that would last, at the most, one week before it perishes, such people would consider it intrusion and disturbance if you presented Christ to them. But one thing is clear, without accepting this Gift, there is no hope for man. In John chapter 3 verse 18, the Bible says:


Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.


Gifts are usually optional gestures and though it could be offensive in some cultures if you reject a gift, there is no lifechanging consequence for rejecting one. Not so with the Gift of the Son of God. There is simply no hope after death if this Gift is rejected. And, as scary as this statement may be, it is even scarier when you consider the fact that those who reject Christ would spend eternity in pain and agony. This is not a matter to toy with.


Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, please know that every minute of further delay is increasingly dangerous because the Bible says that everyone is destined to die once and after this to face judgment (Hebrew 9:27). Please surrender your life to Christ today. There is no better decision that anyone can make. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; wouldn’t you rather open it?


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 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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