Daily Devotion for December 13, 2016
'Too Big, Too Far-Fetched, Too Costly!'
Ephesians 5:20 NAS
always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
One of our kids had a birthday recently. To her surprise, she received what she wanted most of all—something she KNEW she could not have (we had told her this one item was “too big, too far fetched, and too costly”). So when she realized she RECEIVED this one thing, she just couldn't believe it. The child spent the entire evening thanking her dad (who spent two hours assembling it!). And then the next morning, she still couldn't stop thanking us—her heart was so overjoyed! Matter of fact, she kept coming into our presence...thanking us and hugging us! She just couldn't stop giving thanks for what she had received, folks, because she knew her gift was “too big, too far-fetched, and too costly”...
You know, her response to the gift got my attention. It reminded me of how I should be spending my days—constantly thanking my Father for the gift of His Son. No one else has given such a valuable gift, and no one else ever could...
Lord, may we Believers increasingly “come before (Your) presence with thanksgiving” each day. Your gift to us, our Savior, is the BEST gift of all. Our Jesus is FAR “too big” a gift for us to have done anything to deserve Him! Moreover, the eternal life He gives us is way “too far-fetched”...and yet it is ours! May we praise You again and again, Lord, for Your over-the-top mercy, grace, and lovingkindness: Your free gift of Your Son is the greatest, most “costly” gift of all!
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