The Bells and Whistles of the Greatest Gift

You might get everything you have ever wanted this Christmas.
But you probably won’t.
In fact, you will probably have a rather large disappointment to navigate by the end of the day today.

A host of unmet expectations, especially when it comes to gifts.
The reality is, all human gifts will fall short.
And even the best ones eventually fail.
The toy will break.
The jewelry will tarnish, go missing or not fit any more.
The car will have to be replaced.
The clothes will wear out.
The electronics will be obsolete when the next new thing comes along.

But God has given us the most incredible gift of all – the gift of a relationship with Him.
Those who have acknowledged their need for forgiveness and have placed their faith in the fact that Jesus died in their place are now in relationship with God.
In right standing.
Not by their own merit but simply through His grace.
That right there is a HUGE gift – the gift of eternal life.

But if that is you, a person who has chosen to accept the gift of salvation, here’s the question:

Have you explored everything that comes with that gift?
Have you checked out all the “bells and whistles” on it?

You have been given so much in that one gift!
The gift of salvation is not just “fire insurance” or a “get out of hell free” card.
It comes with so much more that God offers you.
And just like the gift of salvation, these “extras” that He offers are not based on your worthiness.
Instead, they are simply a part of the package deal, the benefits of being His kid.
It is His job to give them – and yours to believe them, to access them, to trust that they are real – and because they are real, to allow them to change how you live. How you think. And even how you feel.

Here is the list of what the Bible says is true about YOU and every other follower of Christ:

You are:

Created by God (Genesis 1)

Made in the image of God (Genesis 2)

Designed by God (Psalm 139:14)

Known intimately by God (Psalm 139:1-4)

Surrounded by God and therefore never alone (Psalm 139:5)

Knit together by God (Psalm 139:13-15)

Planned by God (Psalm 139:16; Jeremiah 29:11, I Peter 1:2)

Led by God’s hand (Psalm 23; Psalm 139:24)

God’s delight (Zephaniah 3:17)

Worth dying for (Romans 5:6-11)

Made right with God (Romans 5:1)

Not under any condemnation (Romans 8:1)

Bought with a high price (I Peter 1:18-20)

No longer a slave to sin (Romans 8)

Filled with God’s Spirit (Romans 8:10-11)

God’s child (Romans 8:15)

God’s heir, a joint-heir with Jesus
(Romans 8:17)

A Prince or Princess (Romans 8:17; Isaiah 9:6)

Seen by Him as complete, perfected (Hebrews 10:14)

Being made holy over time (Hebrews 10:14)

Prayed for by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27)

Chosen by God (Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:4; I Peter 1:2)

On God’s team (Romans 8:31)

Unable to be separated from God (Romans 8:38-39)

Gifted (Ephesians 4:7; I Peter 4:10)

Taken over by a new nature (Ephesians 4:21-24)

Sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:14)

A royal priest or priestess (I Peter 2:9)

Blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)

Gifted with all you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)

United with Christ (Ephesians 1:3)

Adopted into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5)

Free (Ephesians 1:7)

Able to come boldly to God (Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16)

Precious to God (Isaiah 43:4)

Honored by God (Isaiah 43:4)

Loved by God (Isaiah 43:4; I John 4:19)

Pure (I Corinthians 1:30)

Cleansed (I Peter 1:2)

The owner of a priceless inheritance (I Peter 1:4)

Protected by God (I Peter 1:5)

Part of the family of God (I Peter 3:8)

A warrior (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Fully armed for battle (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Robed in righteousness (Isaiah 61:10; Revelation 7:9)

God’s temple (2 Corinthians 6:19)

Provided for by God himself (Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 10:29-31; Luke 12:6-7)

 

Wow! As Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth, “thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, AMP)

So no matter what your physical circumstances are today, may it be a Merry Christmas, my friends. May you live out of the abundance of all of God’s good gifts today and throughout the coming year. And may you grow more and more in the knowledge of just how much you are loved.

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