- Religion and Philosophy
The Four Gifts That Last Forever
Will you choose to accept and share the gifts?
The first gift is that of seeing ourselves as others see us. That can be painful at times.
To modernize an old saying from Robert (Bobby) Burns: "What a gift our Heavenly Father gives us, to see ourselves as others see us!"
But, what was the greatest gift of all from our Heavenly Father?
It was Heavenly Father's own love for us.
We find it explained in John 3:14-16.
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
And what was Christ's own gift to us? He told his disciples:
"Ye call me Master and Lord and ye say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you. The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither is he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." (John 13:13-17)
What was the example? It was a specific one in this instance. Christ had just washed his disciples feet. He made a seemingly mysterious statement at the time of that washing. He said (found in John 13:10):
"He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit..."
We recognize a scripture which says:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
We proclaim, in proclaiming the Gospel, that our gift to our Saviour is to give Him the gift that fulfills our friendship with Him, which He defines in the very next verse's continuation of that teaching:
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15:14)
And then the ultimate gift here on earth from both our Heavenly Father and from our Master that is promised as a blessing for that obedience (as quoted in John 14:23):
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
And then in John 15:10 Christ added:
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
These gifts, freely given and at such a cost, are ours to have and to share with all mankind.
Can I say "I love Christ and have the joy of Christ's love for me and his grace", and not share it with others?
God's gift to us is eternal life through his only begotten Son. Christ's gifts to us are his example, his words, and his atonement for our sins.
Believing in God's gift to us, and keeping Christ's commandments, we can abide in Christ's love and the love of our Heavenly Father, and they will come unto us and make their abode with us.
I could give you a Bible for Christmas, but the Bible's gifts to us are only those gifts that we strive for through obedience and righteous desire. May we strive to accept and share these holy gifts.
What more precious gifts than these can we accept and share: (1) Heavenly Father's love, (2) Christ's sacrifice and abiding love, (3) their presence in our homes, and (4) eternal life?
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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