The Unassuming Gift

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3:16-17

To answer your question, He most certainly loves you.  He loves you so, He reveals Himself, His heart in the person of His Son, His true reflection.

In dare I say, vulnerability, He extends Himself.  Hands and heart extended He offers the most excellent Gift asking, “Will you receive this?”

Our hands clenched in fear, cramped from holding on too tightly to the rails of the rollercoaster called life think, “Can I risk letting one hand go long enough to grab hold of this Gift?  How can a mere Child save me?”

The Gift arrived as a child by design, unassuming, non-threatening, yet full of glory nonetheless.  There’s nothing like a baby born in poverty, pulling at your heart, drawing you in.  You go to comfort but when you draw close to this Babe, He whispers sweetly, “I came for you because I love you. I came for you because you need me and I find desperation attractive.  I came to die so you might live abundantly, not just grip your existence.  I came to bring grace and truth, to silence condemnation forever.  I came because there is no…other…way.”

Will you open your hand and grab hold of the One who will cradle you in His arms forever?

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SOUL FOOD

John 10:10
John 1:14, 17
Romans 8:1 NIV
John 14:6

Divine Protection

In this day and time when human life is increasingly devalued and the wickedness of mankind’s hearts grow likewise, I am thankful more now than ever for the promise of protection.  The psalmist’s confession that the Lord is his refuge and fortress, his God in whom he trusts (Psalm 91:2) is my declaration as well.  I’ve taken to praying it over each member of my family, the males in particular.

I’m also reminded to put no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3) that means in no individual, including ourselves, or systems created by people.  Who should we fully trust in, even for protection?  Jesus Christ.  Psalm 121 is another of my favorites.  I’ve shared it with my kids often, usually when they spoke of seeing monsters in their room at night. This psalm reassures us the Lord is always watching us with a protective eye.  He’s not off in the distance observing us.  He actively guards us, day and night in our comings and goings; protecting us from evil.

If you are reading this and have not received the gift of salvation and abundant life in the Lord Jesus Christ (whose birth is the real reason for Christmas), would you receive Him now?  He made it as “easy” as believing in your heart and saying with your mouth that Jesus paid your debt with His life and you trust Him to lead yours (John 3:16, Romans 10:8-11, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 10:10, 12).  He loves you more than anyone you know and He went “all in” to prove it.  He is the gift who “keeps on giving” and NO ONE who puts their trust in Him will ever be put to shame!