The Perfect Gift (#220)
Bible version used: KJV
The perfect gift! You would like to receive it. You would like to give it. You read the ads; you page the catalogs.
Unfortunately, there is no perfect gift—at least not in any store.
There is only one perfect gift. It gives more happiness than any other gift. It is so deep that it endures through the worst of times. It has meaning for every age and in every situation.
The perfect gift is a personal relationship with Jesus, the only son of God.
This gift is free because Jesus paid the price to offer us this relationship. Isaiah 53:5 says of Jesus: “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed.”
This gift is the reason Christmas is celebrated.
If you know Jesus, telling others about him is the greatest gift you can give them.
If you do not know Jesus, take a few minutes in this busy season to think about the perfect gift–a personal relationship with Jesus:
•Jesus loves you and cares about you. He comes to you with an invitation: In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
•Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. You can have this relationship by confessing your sins, turning from your selfish ways and asking Jesus to come into your heart. He never turns away those who seek him.
•A relationship with Jesus will change your life beyond anything you can imagine. Jesus says in John 10:10 that he came to bring life –abundantly!
If you want to know Jesus, get a copy of the Gospel of John and read it. Talk to a person who has a personal relationship with Jesus. Go to a church where the good news of Jesus is clearly explained.
But don’t stop with knowing about Jesus. Ask him into your heart. He is the perfect gift.
Jesus, I admit that living without you has been foolish and wrong. I want to have a personal relationship with you. Come into my heart and show me how to live. Amen