Regifting Christmas

We’re all guilty. Someone gives us a gift and we immediately think of someone who could use it more than we could. So we give it as if we purchased it for them ourselves.

This morning Alan-Michael “regifted” salvation. He opened it, explained it and said, “here goes.” But it was no small gift…actually it is a gift that we receive once and then again and again. So here goes. Let’s take off the wrapping paper…again.

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11, ESV)

Adoption: You and I get to know Christ. When you receive Christ as your Savior, you are adopted into God’s family. You become an heir to the family wealth–all the riches of Christ are yours.

Justification: You are found in Christ. In Colossians 3 Paul writes that our lives are hidden with God in Christ. To be justified is to be declared righteous–just as if you had never sinned. Or as someone else has said, just as if you had always obeyed. Your sins are cast into the depths of the sea NEVER to be remembered against you again! We are free from the PENALTY of sin.

Sanctification: We share his sufferings. Just as Jesus died for us, we die to ourselves. Daily. We die to our sinful habits. Every day is a death to self and our selfish desires. What a privilege! We are free from the POWER of sin.

Glorification: That I may attain to the resurrection of the dead. One day we will be with Jesus. One day we will see Him face to face. We will be glorified. One day we will be free from the PRESENCE of sin.

That’s a gift worth unwrapping again and again!