Disregarding the Gift

My (then) 4-year-old daughter Lauren’s eyes lit up when I told her that she could wear my wedding pearls on her date to the Daddy-Daughter dance .  I wanted her to feel like a princess on her special night with her daddy.

My husband gave me the pearl necklace as a Christmas gift just months before we were married and I wore them on our wedding day.  When Lauren returned from the dance I placed the pearl necklace back in the drawer where it waits to be hers one day. It waits, because she’s not yet mature enough to understand its value.

God gave His heart’s treasure to us when he gave us his son and he was given at the ultimate price, his life on the cross. Even though God knew I wouldn’t understand its great value he still chose to give it to me and loves me dearly even when I don’t treat the gift like the precious treasure that it is.

1 John 4:9, 10 says that; “9 In this, the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.”

I’ve known about the gift of Jesus for as long as I can remember. One of the first Bible verses I memorized was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish but have everlasting life.”  But today I had a revelation of this truth.  God gave what was most dear to Him for me and I often don’t treat that gift as a treasure at all. I’ve pushed it away at times, I’ve doubted God’s love for me, and cried “where are you God?” even though He’s already done everything He can do to prove His love and commitment to me.

I can imagine how hurt I would be if after waiting years to give my necklace to my daughter I saw it sitting on a garage sale table for a dollar or tossed in a junk drawer because she didn’t see its value.  It would hurt even more if she didn’t realize that the reason I chose to give it to her was because it expressed how dear she is to me.

If we truly appreciate the gift that our Father gave us, how then can we have any doubt about God’s love for us? He spared NOTHING to show us how deep, high and wide His love is for us.  We have to choose to believe that He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that we could live.  As we let this truth sink in to the deepest places in our hearts we can truly embrace His love for us and see who we are in Him. We can stop doubting our worth, stop trying to please others, stop trying to do and just be!

“Thank you God for entrusting me with your most precious treasure! Help me to honor your sacrifice of your Son and Christ’s sacrifice of his life on the cross…for me. Help me to receive your gifts. Help this truth to transform my life!” Amen.

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