A Most Precious Gift

Monday, January 25, 2016
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Last summer, I purchased a silk flower arrangement at a garage sale. The various flowers were arranged in a beautiful earthenware vase, and I couldn't help but stare at it. I brought it home and set it on my coffee table.

That weekend, my brother and his wife came for a visit. As we were sitting in the living room, my brother noticed the beautiful flower arrangement on the coffee table. My brother doesn't have any live plants in his home because he travels a lot and therefore invested in some very expensive dried and plastic flowers and plants. He commented on how much he liked the flower arrangement so I decided to give it to him.

"What's wrong with it?" he asked. I could sense the distrust and doubt that his question brought.

"Nothing," I said.

"How much do you want for it?"

"Nothing," I said, "take it, it's yours." And I went on to tell him how I had spotted the arrangement at a garage sale and bought it for next to nothing.

The look in his eyes was gratitude enough.

This interaction between me and my brother reminded me of how hard it is for some people to accept God's free gift of eternal life. God loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son on a cross for our sins, so that we could have a relationship with Him. Many think that we must live a good life or work hard to deserve this free gift, but all we have to do is accept it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (NASB)

Have you received God's gift?

Prayer: God, our Father, we thank You for sending us Your Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for us. Sometimes, we go through times of doubt, and at other times, we are confident and sure. When we have received Your most precious, free gift, help us to trust in Your promise of eternal life. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks again!

    Great analogy Rosemary.

    Simply awesome, blessings.

    Thanks be to God for the gift of His precious Son, Jesus!

    Thanks for a very much needed prayer for the youth of today.

    Really enjoyed this typical and timely devotion. It is SO true.

    Thanks! The devotional you wrote touched my heart. May God bless you and yours.

    Nice thought. Families eh? Well, if mine is anything to go by, my sisters would ask the same.

    Thanks for a good word today, Rosemary.

    Thank you Rosemary for sharing this experience in your devotional. How true! May those who need the free gift of salvation through Christ come to Him. Blessings.

    You shared, and love thanked!
    There is much more to be gained through a hand up, than a push down!
    Blessings, and keep writing.

    Thanks so much for your devotional this morning. As I sit here in front of my computer reading your piece, I was quickly reminded on how fortunate we are to received His amazing grace of salvation. All too often we get so involved in our works that we forget how easy it is to receive this wonderful gift.
    Thanks again, continue to inspire us.

    Hi Rosy,
    So true, if only more people would accept The gift.

    Dear Rosemary,
    I appreciated your devotional today.
    Your illustration fitted the truth you brought out in the application — the free gift of Jesus, himself, for our salvation.
    Thank you for the reminder, and the comprehensive and understandable witness for those who have not previously understood.
    Keep writing.

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