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Presents

Posted: August 02, 2016

Think back on the best present you’ve ever received. Was it a car? Jewelry? Maybe a down payment on a house? Even just a surprise meal or coffee paid for by an anonymous giver? I don’t know about you, but I’ve only ever received a few gifts in my life that have made me feel really humbled and truly speechless. Those moments though, are so special. You feel loved, valued, undeserving, and thankful for what you’ve received and for the person who gave you the gift.

Ephesians tells us that God’s grace is a gift to us. And when you think about everything we receive with His gift of grace, it’s overwhelming! We did nothing to earn or deserve it, but God chose to give us his grace because he loves us. He even sent His son to die on a cross for us so we could have a relationship with Him and spend eternity with Him in heaven. Now that should make you feel loved, valued and undeserving!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

- Ephesians 2:8 NIV

Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for us so that we could have salvation and eternal life. What a precious gift! Help us to constantly be reminded of your grace that was given to us freely, and help us to share this gift with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.