Receive God’s Good Gift

Read: Romans 6:20-23

The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (v. 23)

My adolescent granddaughter has a habit I’ve come to admire. I’ve observed this behavior in her many times, and every time I see it, I’m more impressed. When someone gives her a compliment or some small gift, she smiles and says, “Thank you.” And that’s it. Me, when I receive a compliment, it makes me feel uncomfortable, and my instinct is to deflect the compliment, minimize my accomplishment, and adopt an “Aw shucks, it was nothing” attitude. But with Lorelei there are no deflections, just a clear, sincere “Thank you.”

Why is it so hard to receive a gift, a kind gesture, or even a compliment? Perhaps receiving makes us feel dependent and weak, and we’d rather feel independent and strong. Perhaps we think that we shouldn’t receive something unless we’ve earned it. But refusing others’ gifts and kind gestures is isolating; it distances us from others. It creates bad feelings. If people want to give you a gift, let them.

I also hope you have received the greatest gift of all. “The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” said Paul. You cannot earn this gift. You cannot deserve it. You can only receive it. The gift is salvation, and it’s yours for the asking. Friend, God wants to give to you the greatest gift of all. Receive it! —Lou Lotz

Today’s Activity: Reflect on your attitude and consider how you can receive gifts with grace and gratitude this season. Then thank God for salvation—the greatest gift of all.

About the Author

Lou Lotz

Rev. Lou Lotz is a recently retired Reformed Church pastor. Lou and his wife Mary Jean live in Hudsonville, Michigan.

This entry is part 15 of 26 in the series Waiting with Joy