Gift- We don’t Deserve!
A woman grasped in horror while she pulled her left hand up to see that a sharp prong pointed to the empty space in her engagement ring. It had sparkled for over 30 years and now, it was gone.
“What’s wrong”, asked her husband. Struggling for words, she said, “The diamond you gave me is gone.” That stone represented his deep love, and commitment to her. She hunted for it endlessly, sweeping under furniture and scouring her walking route.
Soon their anniversary approached and her husband said, “Before we go to dinner, we’re going to the jewellery store to find a replacement stone for your ring!” She tearfully protested, “No, I don’t deserve a new one.” He folded her into his arms and said, “I love you, and I’m excited to give you this gift.” His blue eyes sparkled with excitement as he bought her a new stone!
When I think about the ‘gift of salvation’, I imagine Jesus saying the same thing to us: “I love you, and I’m excited to give you this gift!” He offers each of us the priceless jewel of salvation, which leads to an incomparable life of loving relationship with God. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Although each of us can honestly say, “That’s a gift I don’t deserve.” However, Jesus paid for our salvation with deep love and his ultimate sacrifice. He gave His life to buy our rescue, and He offers it to each of us with great joy (and, I think, he has a sparkle in His eyes)!
Receiving the gift simply requires- We turn away from our sin and walk to a life of following Jesus.
-Pastor Edmonds Namburi