A father spotted a beautiful train set behind the counter and asked to take a closer look. As he did, the clerk said, "It's really nice, I'm sure your son will enjoy it." The man said, "Perhaps your right, in that case I'll take two."
A gift has a purpose. I suppose a gift is sometimes given just to make us laugh. A gift may serve a really useful purpose. Some are given just to entertain us. I have received some gifts that I use nearly everyday, and others that are hardly used at all. In Acts 3:26 after speaking of certain Old Testament prophesies that told of the coming Messiah, Peter says, "...God raised up His Servant, and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways." Jesus is the gift that deals with sin. Not only the guilt and condemnation of past sins, but the practice of sin.
One of the many blessings of the gift, as mentioned in this text is to turn us from sin. Paul said, "Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame" (I Corinthians 15:34).
The gift of God brings a new life and a new direction. The grace of God is meant to change things. It is the gift that truly keeps on giving. "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift" (II Corinthians 9:15)!
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