An Unspeakable Gift

During this time of year, there is a lot of thought that goes into gifts. Who are you going to buy gifts for, what are you going to give , to who, and of course what kind of gifts are you going to receive? I told my granddaughter the other day this is a time when we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday, but we do it by giving gifts to each other, which of course can be a little confusing to a 4-year-old. Another thing that can be confusing even to adults is trying to understand what a gift is when you open it. I was at a Christmas party a couple of weeks ago and a fellow pastor who was about twenty years older than myself received ankle weights as a gift. He looked at them and then said what are these for, to which I answered by telling him that they are not for baptizing or swimming.

Over the years, there have been times when I have received gifts that I didn’t understand, and there has also been times when I received gifts that I could not stop talking about due to excitement of receiving such a blessing. Yet, there is one gift that I have received that is referred to as an unspeakable gift: “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” ( II Cor 9:15 ).

Of course, the gift that is being referred to is the greatest gift that has and will ever be given. This gift was given by the God the Father, and it was His only begotten Son. Jesus Christ is the gift that gives us eternal life, leadership, joy, wonderful relationships and so much more. This gift has been made available to us by the grace of God which means it is a free gift. Paul said the response to this gift ought to be thanks to God. I hope you spend time this Christmas thanking God for His unspeakable gift.

Rev. Wayne Marcus