The best gift of all

When we get together with my side of our extended family during Thanksgiving week, we do our Christmas gift exchange a month early.

Most of the time some kind of electronic gadget tops my wish list, so I got a new phone last week.

And yes, I love it.

I don’t need it, but I love it.

I hate to admit it, but I would be lost in many ways without my smartphone.

You’ve got something on your list, right? Something you’re really hoping you’ll get?

All this stuff is nice, of course, but we all recognize it isn’t anywhere close to being what’s most important.

I received the world’s greatest gift almost 30 years ago.

It was a Sunday, and I walked to the front of a little church building and gave my heart to Christ. I was baptized into him for the forgiveness of my sins. He saved me, gave me his Spirit, and added me to his body, the church.

A priceless gift.

As we conclude Thanksgiving week, let’s focus today on thanking God for what he did for us in Christ.

Let’s do what Paul urges here:

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:11-14).

We thank him because he has qualified us “to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”

How wonderful is that?

If you’re a Christian, you’ve been qualified for the inheritance of eternity with Christ.

He’s rescued you from darkness and placed you in his kingdom. He’s redeemed you, forgiven you, saved you.

Sure, we’re thankful for the food God’s given us, thankful for our families and blessings on earth.

But mostly, we’re overwhelmed by God’s choosing to rescue us from our rebellion against him and giving us the gift of salvation.

In your devotional time today, thank him for saving you. Thank him for forgiveness and redemption. Praise him for that incredible inheritance with the saints.

Whatever you might get this holiday season—even if it’s bought at an unbelievable discount on Black Friday—can’t begin to compare with what you already have in Jesus Christ.

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