The Perfect Gift

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Just like us, Queen Elizabeth enjoys giving gifts at Christmas. Every December she gathers her palace staff of over five hundred people and presents them with a token of her appreciation. Each person receives a gift or book voucher that reflects their years of service to her Majesty and a Christmas pudding for their entire family.

In 2 Corinthians 9:15, the Apostle Paul concludes his instructions on being generous in the church with the exclamation, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”! Two verses earlier, he provides the key to identifying what the indescribable gift is by mentioning the gospel of Christ. Words cannot adequately express what Jesus did for us when He humbled himself and came to earth to pay the penalty for our sins. In the letter of Romans, Paul views Jesus as the second Adam who passed the test that the first Adam failed. Identifying and acting in our place, the result of Christ’s death and resurrection is described as a free gift that brings life.

As you rush to complete your Christmas shopping, pause to consider that the perfect gift has already been purchased for you. It truly is indescribable and it is yours when you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Savior and live in obedience to His Word.