How would you describe 2 Corinthians 9:15 - Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (NIV)?
1) This is the Gift of gifts!
“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).
2) We deserved death but He gave us life while we were still in sin.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
What Should Be Our Response?
Seems our only option is to simply say “Thank you!” and receive the gift graciously with Praise and Worship. This is actually the most proper response, especially when it is God’s indescribable gifts for you.
All who came to Jesus worship:
a) The Wise Men
Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2:2)"On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh " (Matthew 2:11 - note: worship before gifts)
b) The Angels
"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace to men." (Luke 2:13)
c) The Shepherds
"The shepherds returned, glorifying God for all the things they had heard and seen." (Luke 2:20)
d) Simeon The Godly Man
"... Simeon, who was a righteous and devout... Took Him in his arms and praised God..." (Luke 2:25-33)
e) The Prophetess Anna
"... She gave thanks to God..." (Luke 2:36-38)
We must remember Jesus not as a baby, but as our One and only LORD and SAVIOR - the greatest gift God has given to men. He gave His life for us.
He suffered and died... His LOVE, His GRACE, His GLORY... The most precious gift men have ever received - SALVATION!
As we celebrate this year's Christmas, let us in return reserve the best gift for our Lord -WORSHIP. Right now join me in simple praise and worship from your heart and spirit... JESUS IS THE REASON for the season!