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Receiving The Gift

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. Romans 5:18 (NKJV)

There is a promotional line used by the blood donor’s organization to encourage people to donate blood, it says, “Give the gift of life,” and it speaks of our giving our most precious physical asset – our blood.  They say this because our physical life lies in the blood coursing through our veins.  Without the blood there is no life in our bodies, so for us to donate our own blood for others in need would, in fact, be a gift of life.

I find this interesting because God created us – giving us physical life, but He then gave His amazing grace by allowing His only begotten Son’s blood to be shed so we could live both spiritually and eternally.  This gift was given to everyone who would receive it (John 1:12; cf. 5:40).  It is a gift of grace (unmerited favor), and we receive it as we choose in faith to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior—acknowledging His crucifixion, death, and resurrection on our behalf (Rom. 5:18; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Cor 15:1-4).  

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12 (NKJV)

I think it is important for us to know, we must receive this free gift.  If we don’t, then it won’t be of any value to us.  There are many who would agree about the existence of God and Jesus—they would even agree with the historical recording of Christ dying on the cross—and yet they never really received the gift of God’s grace by accepting Jesus as the Lord of their life.  This type of believing is mere intellectual ascent, and it can be seen by the way a person continues to live in sin rather than repenting and walking in newness of life.

I find this principle of receiving to have further application as well, most notably in our receiving God’s written word into our lives.  We should be reading, studying, and meditating upon it each day.  We should be choosing to receive all He has asked us to do and apply it to our lives so we can be transformed to be like Christ (Eph. 5:1).   

Q:         So how should this affect us as Christian men and women?

Well if we have a relationship with Jesus then we can receive the gift of His Word and submit to His will for how we should live our lives.  We should seek to know Jesus personally, which involves talking (praying) to Him throughout the day, and including Him in every decision.  We can decide to be a vessel of honor in His hands and allow Him to use us in ways bringing glory to Him while drawing others to want to know Him.

I want to encourage you today to receive all God has for you.  Ask Him what He wants for you and choose to know His will by reading your Bible.  God has an amazing gift for you in your life and He is faithfully waiting for you to open it up and begin to really experience His plan for you.

STUDY QUESITON: According to John 1:12 who has the right to become a child of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you received His gift of grace upon your life by placing your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today and spend time with Him by reading your Bible.  Ask Him to show you all He wants for You to learn and apply to your life. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your free gift of grace.  Thank You for allowing Your Son to die for me.  I receive this gift and I have placed my faith in Your Son as my personal Lord and Savior.  Show me how to live Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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