At Christmas time we celebrate a time of Giving and a time of Receiving. We buy this present for one and we generally receive something back.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 1:12 But as many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.
A gift may be offered; but until someone receives that gift, there has not been any exchange. There has not been any receptions, and there will not be any thank you.
There have been times when God would not receive what was offered to Him because it was with wrong motives, or second best. God did not receive Cain’s offering for those reasons. He did not accept Israel’s offering because they were blind, sick, and near death. They were of no value to the owner, so they thought, let’s give it to God. He’ll take anything. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When God gave His Son, He gave the most precious thing heaven could afford; the very best. And Paul says in Rom. 8:32 if God gave us His own Son, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God’s nature is to give because that is what Love is. It should be becoming our nature as well since we have been born of Him.
Give God your very best!
God set the standard for giving.
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