Gift-giving is an art, and one in which we should all aspire to be thoughtful, creative, and well-planned, especially given that as Christians we have the greatest gift to give: our testimony.
Our testimonies are the greatest gift because they tell of “The Greatest Gift”. God has given those who have chosen Christ every spiritual blessing under the stars (Ephesians 1:3). He has made those who had blame blameless, and those who were unholy holy. In love, God provided Jesus, as He determined to do before the world was created. In doing so He provided a way for everyone to belong to the greatest family on earth (Ephesians 1:4-7)!
This is to God’s awesome and glorious praise! Who am I to boast? His grace is what can bring about such a gift. His grace allows those who choose Christ to be called redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7). God is smart. He knew we could not provide these things for ourselves. He has revealed “The greatest gift” to the entire world, so that we might be united by such an amazing gift (Ephesians 1:8-10).
God blesses those who have nothing with an inheritance that is out of this world (Ephesians 1:11)! He gives us His Son, the Good News from whom salvation comes. When we put our trust in Jesus and are baptized God gives us a guarantee of our inheritance with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).
For these reasons, it is my prayer that all those who call themselves Christians may also receive the gift of “the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of our hearts enlightened, that we may know what is the hope to which he has called us, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly
places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:17-21).
Church, when we understand this great gift and the hope that it provides we should not spend hours this holiday season wondering what to give those that we love, we should instead tell them our story. The story of how God took us from being without hope, dead, and separated from His blessings to having it all through our redeemer who lives!
If you are struggling to share that message, pray that God convicts you. Many have said “I don’t have a story to share. My story isn’t that compelling.” But your story isn’t about you, it is about the good work God has begun in you and brought about through Jesus! Are you a sinner? Does anything save you from your sin except the blood of Christ? Share what you got, don’t try to be what you’re not. God created you and he can use you for His glory if you let Him. Be thoughtful, creative, and well-planned when you give the gift of Jesus to others. Share your testimony of hope to others and know your testimony has immeasurable power because your testimony is really God’s grace.