God gives us so many gifts, including His only son who died on the cross to save us. What could we possibly ever give Him in return? Jesus is a tremendous gift, but the other awesome gift that God gave us is life. Nothing else would matter without it. The way we live our lives should be a continuous gift that we give back to God.
- Read 1 Peter 4:10-11
- Make a list of your greatest blessings, then thank God for them. Pick some to share with the kids, if you like.
So how was your Christmas holiday? Did you get lots of gifts? Did you get everything you wanted? What did you give to other people?
It’s fun to get presents isn’t it? I like giving them too. Picking out just the right thing for somebody I care about and trying to make them feel good or help them remember something special about our friendship is almost more fun than getting presents.
God gives us gifts. He does it all the time. Do you think he spends time shopping to find just the perfect thing for us? He already knows our size and what we like to do and play with. He knows us better than anybody, so naturally the gifts He gives us are better than any other gifts we could receive.
What are some good gifts that you have received from God? Call them blessings, if you like.
It is important to count up those blessings regularly, for a couple of reasons. One, like all gifts you receive, you need to remember to say “Thank You” for them. Two, when we count up and realize how many wonderful gifts God has given us, it makes us approach things with the right attitude. We feel grateful for what we have. We are happy that our lives are blessed. We focus on the good, not the bad.
What do you think would be the best gift that God has ever given you? There is a gift that God gave us, one that we can use to give back to Him. He gave us life. Each of us are given many years here on earth to grow and experience the world around us. To learn from our experiences and share what we learn with others. To care of each other and make the world a better place because we were here. We couldn’t enjoy any of the other things that God gives us, if we didn’t have life. What an awesome gift!
Using that awesome gift, we can give something back to God that will please Him greatly. If we let God use our lives for the work of His kingdom, everything we do becomes a gift to Him. We need to help not hurt; share and not be greedy; be kind and forgiving to others. We need to stay in touch with God and ask Him how we can be helpful to the things He would like to see happen here on earth. By doing that, it allows Him to use us to do great things.
Thank God for your life today and then give Him a gift back, by making your life a wonderful example of His love and grace.
Dear God, you give us gifts daily, even when it’s not a holiday or our birthday. Thank you for your generosity! Thank you most of all for the gift of life. May we make the most of that gift with your guidance. In your name we pray, Amen.