One Christmas I gave one of our daughters a gift certificate for a pedicure. It was pretty expensive but I wanted her to have something personal, something just for her. I found out later she never used it. She said she didn’t think she’d like a pedicure; she preferred manicures.
Little did she know that she could have been used it for anything in the shop. Because she didn’t know the truth about the gift, she wasted it. She never really received the reward for it. She didn’t use it, but I didn’t waste it because it was bought with love.
The Word of God is our gift certificate. All of God’s gifts, tools and resources are given to those who call on the name of Jesus to be saved. The Entire Gift Catalog is ours. His Word is a gift and like all gifts we can choose whether we want to receive it or just leave it sitting on a shelf un-used and wasted. But Christ, who gave the Ultimate Gift of Himself has wasted nothing. Unlike the gift certificate which lost its value after a while, God’s Precious Gift always holds its value and is there for you whenever you call upon Him.
Oh beloved! Maybe you have been saved and you don’t need the gift of salvation again. But you need a way to live a new life in Christ. Or you need a way to make it through the storms of life. Do you find that you need more power than a mere human can muster to live life victoriously? Run to the Lord this morning and open His Gift of the Word of God! Inside those pages, which are God breathed, you will find the answer to all your problems, the outcome of all your struggles and the way to live as an overcomer all the days of your life! Don’t waste a minute trying to figure things out in the flesh, for surely the flesh, even your own, will fail you. But the Word of God will never fail you, will never go out of fashion and will always hold its value for you. Because, beloved, you are valued by God and are loved beyond measure! That’s why we say Hallelujah to the Lamb!
Joshua 23:14 Not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed”
Romans 11:29 For God’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.
I Corinthians 1:14 I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts He has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When He ascended to the heights, He led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to His people.”
James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (NAS)