God’s Gift of Himself

by Dr. Bill Bright

Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18  (KJV)

Near the Church of St. Mark’s in Venice are three 17th century churches often admired for their highly ornate sculpture. On closer inspection, Ruskin points out, they are found to be “entirely destitute of every religious symbol, sculpture or inscription.”

They are really monuments to the glory of three Venetian families who provided the funds for their construction. “Impious buildings, manifestations of insolent atheism,” they were called by John Ruskin, English writer, art critic and sociologist.

Many Christians are like these buildings. Their association with God is more of a facade, formal and ritualistic. They do not know God as a caring Father with whom they experience a delightful, loving relationship.

As we meet God’s conditions, he becomes our Father, and we become His sons and daughters. His gift of Himself is illustrated in the life of a successful young attorney.

The greatest gift I ever received,” he said, “was a Christmas gift from my dad. Inside a small box was a note saying, ‘Son, I will give you an hour every day after dinner – 365 days. It’s all yours. We’ll talk about what you want to talk about, we’ll go where you want to go, we’ll play what you want to play. It will be your hour.

He not only kept his promise, but every year he renewed it – and it was the greatest gift I ever had in my life. I had so much of his time.

Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:11-16

TODAY’S ACTION POINT: I will count myself richly blessed for having so much of my Father’s time and will seek diligently to be worthy of His love and availability to me.

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3 Responses to God’s Gift of Himself

  1. papia ghosh says:

    I really loved the story of the young attorney. Children don’t want expensive gifts, they want our time, attention and love.

  2. AmyC says:

    Father GOD thank You that Your LOVE is so GREAT that it conquer all! Thank You that You precious us and loved us unconditionally! This Christmas my Greatest gift is GOD comes to live in my life, thank You Holy Spirit dwelled in me and now am so Happy that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! GOD please live forever in me and don’t go away! I like this feeling to be with You. GOD You made me feel proud and useful in You. I really look forward to every Sunday just to dwell in Your house, singing and praising to You. GOD please reminds me to yield to You each day. You becomes more in me and I lessen. Thank You GOD and praise The LORD,Amen

  3. cathy harp says:

    Loved your comparison today.. giving time to our Father. Thank you for being faithful to help others be faithful! Merry Christmas!

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