My best present? I’m in my fifties, so I’ve had many birthdays and Christmases where I received gifts, and I received some very nice ones, so this may be difficult. Was it the pellet gun? toolbox? clothes? vacation? ping-pong table? The more I think about it, there isn’t one that stands out as the best. Maybe because gifts are just stuff. Yes, they’re fun to dream about having and when you unwrap them and hold them. But after a few days or weeks the newness wears off and they become possessions. They blend in with all the other gifts or items you’ve collected over the years and fall into the category of just stuff. Then after time they move from your bedroom to the closet to the basement or garage till one summer day you decide it’s time to include them in your annual garage sale where you sell them for a dollar or two. The items go from having meaning because they were given to you by someone special to the graveyard of meaningless stuff to be sold for a pittance because they’ve outlived their purpose.
I definitely have special moments in my life that fall into the category of great blessings, and I would say that they were gifts, like my wife. I don’t possess her or anything like that; however, I still remember the day she walked down that aisle in a white dress, smiling and willing to say “I do” when the minister asked her about becoming my wife. Consider her a gift? I don’t want to minimize her value, but I do thank God for bringing her into my life, and since God created her, and I was fortunate enough to meet her, I believe she has been a gift from God and therefore most precious. The blessings continue with two additional gifts, my son and daughter, and I thank God often for both of them. So, several of the best presents I ever received don’t fall into the category of any “stuff” but instead the family that God has blessed me with, a wife and two children.
How does a guy like me deserve to be so blessed? First of all, I don’t deserve anything so special; second, I don’t believe in fate or luck. So how did I happen to be so fortunate? I’m this fortunate or blessed because of the best and greatest gift ever given or received by anyone: the gift of salvation. I received this gift way back in August of 1975 when I realized I was lost and needed salvation from my sins to receive eternal life. I was only eighteen years old, confused and hungering to learn the meaning of life. When I heard about the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ, a lightbulb went on in my head, my heart felt heavy from sin and I realized the solution to my confusion was repentance, acceptance and faith. I repented of my sins, asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness, accepted Him as my Savior and believed that God created the world and gave his son Jesus for the remission of sins and that He would give me eternal life. That day Jesus Christ came into my heart and changed my life. The best and greatest present I ever received was the gift of eternal life from God that August in 1975, the gift that continues to give every day, week, month and year! God is my Heavenly Father, Jesus is my Savior and Brother. And every day has value and is worth living because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.
My greatest gift can become your greatest gift if you will pray and ask Jesus into your life. Repent of your sins, accept Jesus as your personal Savior and believe! You will become a new creature in Christ, and old things, habits and bad stuff will pass away. You will have a fresh start!