A Gift to Keep

033TOM-300x224My Mom and Dad got married for a reason that was quite unique—a puppy. My mom bought my dad a Boxer puppy for a gift when they were dating each other. Dad instantly fell in love—not with Mom—but with the dog. He took his pup to get her ears and tail clipped.

Following the vet visit his dog had little white bandages on her ears and tail, and with her sad pitiful look, which boxers are known for, she could melt anyone’s heart—including my dad’s!

Days later, my dad decided he wanted to break-up with Mom. He thought he’d just say, “See ya,” to Mom and that would be the end of it…well, at least that’s what he thought. When he told Mom his decision, she told him that it was okay by her except for one item—the dog. She said she wanted her gift back if he wasn’t going to stay around. Later when Dad went home he took one look at his little sad-eyed, bandaged-up, little puppy and decided he just couldn’t give her up. To him the logical conclusion to keep the “family” together was for him and Mom to get married…which they later did.

God gave us all a gift. He didn’t give it with the idea that someday we would reject it and walk away. He gave His gift fully desiring and hoping that we would stay eternally connected with Him. God knew that we would need this gift, for it would carry us through our various circumstances of life. That gift is His son—Jesus. John said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” (John 3:16) Jesus is “The gift of God,” that Paul said was to bring us, “eternal life.” (Romans 6:23)

The Bible asks us to, “Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3) We need to focus on what Jesus’ gift is so we can find strength to endure life’s ups and downs. God’s gift was His selfless act of mercy in coming as a baby for the expressed reason of being sacrificed for our sins. He paid highly for our gift, as it cost Him six-hours of pain-ridden agony as He hung on an old wooden cross for our sins.

Jesus may have walked this earth almost 2,000 years ago, but His gift is still as timeless and relevant as it ever has been. Today I look at my life’s situations and wonder, “How could I ever forfeit such a gift as Jesus? How could I ever give-up such a Savior?” He brought me into His family and made me a joint heir to His Kingdom, how could I ever walk away from such a relationship?” As I look at such questions I clearly see that the only answer is “I can’t let Jesus go.” My greatest desire is to have Jesus with me, forever, and because of His gift, thank God, I can!

Copyright © 2003 TK Burk. All Rights Reserved.


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