Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wrapping and Unwrapping

Last year I gave myself a title -

Usually proud to be humble,
I don't like to brag about myself.

But, I know how to wrap presents.

I begin saving empty boxes in the fall,

so I am ready for wrapping festivities.

But, the purpose of the present isn't just to wrap it up.

We intend the receiver to
 unwrap the gift, love it, appreciate it  and use it.
We hate giving a gift that is a flop,
it didn't fit or the receiver didn't enjoy it.

We would be infinitely more disappointed if our gifts
remained unopened under the tree.
That would be ridiculous.

Do you think the Lord Jesus ever feels that way about the gifts He gives us?

Our first gift is salvation.

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves;
 it is the gift of God,

There are other gifts the Lord gives and wants us to
unwrap them,
love them,
use them,
share them.

Ephesians 3:7
I became a servant of this gospel
by the gift of God’s grace given me
through the working of his power.

Romans 5:17
...those who receive abundance of grace
and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life
through the One, Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:18
 ...through one Man’s righteous act the
free gift came to all men,
resulting in justification of life.

1 Corinthians 14:12
 since you are zealous for
spiritual gifts,
 let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

C'mon, open those gifts.
1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the gift that is in you,

Use them.
2 Timothy 1:6
I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you...

Share them.
1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift,
minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Don't leave them under the tree.1 Peter 2:24
...who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree.


  1. thanks for visiting our blog (a corgi in Southern California) and your kind comment! I only lived in Montana for eight years, but it was the best eight years indeed!

    I have been known to wrap gifts to disguise what is in them myself; always fun for the one who is opening it to not truly know what is in the package

    very wise words you wrote. We do have a wonderful gift waiting for us, given freely at such a grat cost, yet so many reject the gift of Jesus and salvation. I know I'm guilty at times of not using all the wonderful spiritual gifts he gave me, great reminder to use them wisely and use them often

    may you have a great Thursday!



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