Catch of the Day – Priceless Gift

Below is today’s devotional from Catch of the Day  – I posted it in its entirety because it spoke to me today… especially this quote:

And while we’re at it, let’s think of a spiritual gift we can give, based on what has been given to us. Regardless of our material resources, we are all rich in spiritual gifts. Give this some thought. Think of your spiritual gift (encouragement, wisdom, administration, mercy, service, teaching, etc.) and how you might turn it into a real present for someone this Christmas season. Make it something you can plan and accomplish as a deliberate act. Put a bow around it if it’s appropriate. 

The concept of deliberately using our spiritual gifts to bless others this Christmas season is interesting.  If you know what your spiritual gift is, what is it, and how do you think you can use it this season?  If you DON’T know what it is what can you plan to do this season? Pray and ask God to reveal what spiritual gifts you have, and how you can practically help someone this season.

Now, to the devotion:

Catch of the Day
Priceless Gift 
by John Fischer 

Gift of service: Warm a cold heart with a blanket. Price: $35.00. 
Gift of encouragement: Take flowers to a friend battling cancer. Price: $50.00. 
Gift of leadership: Throw a Christmas party for your small group. Price: $200. 
Gift of Christ to your next-door neighbor: Priceless. 

Christmas is all about gift giving — making lists of gifts, purchasing gifts, wrapping gifts, giving gifts and opening gifts (and probably returning some, too). All of this is because of one priceless gift given to the human race two thousand years ago — the gift of God’s Son. And this gift came about as the result of God’s unfathomable mercy and grace. He did not have to do this. Nothing in us required it. He decided to be merciful to his own creation made in His image — all of us having turned our backs on Him and gone our own way. 

Somehow we got fortunate. It’s definitely not because we’re cute. There is no merit here — nothing we deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve; mercy is not getting what you do deserve. We have been given both. We don’t deserve anything from God except punishment for our sins, and what did He do? His mercy up and cancelled the punishment so His grace could give us life. 

Two priceless gifts; one awesome God. 

What can we do except be filled with gratitude and mimic His gift giving to the extent of our creativity and our resources? 

And while we’re at it, let’s think of a spiritual gift we can give, based on what has been given to us. Regardless of our material resources, we are all rich in spiritual gifts. Give this some thought. Think of your spiritual gift (encouragement, wisdom, administration, mercy, service, teaching, etc.) and how you might turn it into a real present for someone this Christmas season. Make it something you can plan and accomplish as a deliberate act. Put a bow around it if it’s appropriate. 

Part of giving the gift of Christ this Christmas comes through passing on the gift He has given us. His gifts to each of us are always for someone else anyway. 

Christmas is spiritual, full of gifts and gift giving. Let’s not forget to give the gift of Christ this Christmas. It’s the one gift among all the others that is truly priceless. 

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5 Responses

  1. OK – That’s the sort of Gift Giving i can get excited about 🙂

    <B

    • I can so agree to that, Love! Exciting! Spiritual Gift Giving! I LOVE it, coz it will certainly BRING US TOGETHER! :mrgreen:

  2. Great thought. I am an encourager. That part of gift giving is easy. I am wondering what the symbolic ribbon might be that I wrap around the gift.

    bajanpoet, thank you for posting on 37stories.wordpress.com.

  3. Bajan, I added you to my blogroll. Keep the blog rolling… 🙂

    • Thanks for the honour of adding me to your blogroll 🙂 I’m not stopping! This blogging thing has become a ministry for me! Be blessed, and may our submissions testify of our Saviour together!

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