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Have you ever wondered what is the largest gift ever given? From gifts measured in thousands and then millions, today gifts are measured in billions. Walter Annenberg gave $500 million to education. Ted Turner pledged $100 million per year for 10 years to United Nations programs--a billion dollars. The Gates foundation is committed to giving billions for philanthropic causes.
Certainly, such philanthropic gestures are noteworthy. Jesus, however, mentioned that gifts are measured by heart, not by how much. The widow with her two mites cast in more than all the others (Mark 12:41-44).
The size of the gifts now possible in our society are difficult to imagine. But such gifts are meaningless when we think of the cross. God gave his unique Son (John 3:16). This gift is of inestimable value. Paul by inspiration thanked God for "his indescribable gift" (2 Cor. 9:15). In the negative form of the word used in Acts 13:14 and 15:3, Paul is simply saying that no full narration nor explanation is possible when one considers God's ultimate gift.
What the most valuable gift you have ever received? The most valuable gift you have ever been offered is God's gift of salvation through his Son. When you accept that gift with a faith that actively conforms life to the model of the Son through imitation, and the allegiance, loyalty, and obedience of a changed heart, you can receive the most valuable gift ever given. Have you received God's gift?
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