1.13.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Gifts

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My son’s birthday is next Saturday, but I gave him his gift yesterday.

I took him to adopt a new cat.

He already has one that he rescued almost two years ago, and he’s been wanting a second cat for a while.

We went to the Humane Society and had a great time playing with cats before he chose one.

My son will be turning 21 (gulp!) and I wanted his gift to be something memorable.

Something he would enjoy for a long time.

Given how much he already loves this new little addition, I think it was a win.

Score one for Mom!

A month ago, people all over the world were obsessed with gifts.

Who to buy what for; wrapping boxes and keeping secrets…

Do you feel the same excitement as you did 20 days ago?

Isn’t that the way it often goes for us?

We get a gift we’re excited about, and then we take that gift for granted once we have it.

Even gifts we wanted so badly!

Over time, we may even forget how badly we once wanted it or needed it.

And when it comes to gifts, there’s the ultimate gift.

We’re all offered a personal relationship with God through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Many haven’t accepted that gift, and may never accept it…

That’s a heartbreaking thought…

And then there are those who have accepted His free gift of salvation, and have let their excitement dim, taking that ultimate free gift for granted.

And that is another tragedy.

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Eternal life!

We’re so fixated on this temporary life that we don’t savor the gift of eternal life!

That’s a gift that never tarnished, diminishes, or gets old.

And it was given by a Savior who loves us so much, that He opened His arms out wide to be nailed to a tree for you and me.

How humbling to receive such a gift.

Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His gift of salvation.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you maintain your appreciation for the priceless gift of eternal life.

If you haven’t accepted God’s gift of salvation, please do so (link).

We aren’t promised tomorrow, and there’s no time like the present to accept the gift of Jesus’ salvation.

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