When I was young, I remember a very unique gift my uncle gave me for my birthday. He was, and still is, a person who is very financially savvy. He had learned how to manage resources through life experience and many years of schooling. This particular birthday, while I was getting toys, clothes, and a new bike from other people, my uncle decided to give me money. This was not the first time someone had given me money birthday, and the amount was not extravagant ($25.00), but the unique quality of this gift came from the specific instructions attached to it. This gift was given to me for a purpose. My uncle told me that I was supposed to go to the bank with my parents and start my first savings account.

At the time, I thought about what a boring present this was. Where was the fun stuff that I had been seeing at the toy store? Perhaps a video game or a pair of roller blades would have been a more exciting present. Sure, he didn’t understand what it meant to be a kid. I just wanted to have fun.

As an adult, I look back at that present and I now realize how incredible this gift was. This gift began the process of teaching me things like financial responsibility and the importance of saving for future wants and needs. One of the reasons I am frugal today is because I constantly remember that gift and the purpose for which it was given.

In the same way, God gave us the most important gift for a purpose. God stepped into human history as a man named Jesus so that we could know Him and know how to live our lives. Even more incredible than this, was the fact that Jesus came so that He could be tortured and killed to break the power of sin for all generations.

Israel wanted their gift to be a bit flashier. They wanted a supreme ruler who came to overthrow the government and clinch a political victory. When Jesus came and proclaimed servant hood and sacrifice the nation was collectively disappointed because they wanted immediate gratification.

The most important gift of all was despised and rejected by men…But, here is the catch…Jesus rose from the dead 3 days after He died. This act defeated death, and made God accessible to all humanity. Will you embrace this gift today? Will you abandon your immediate wants and accept the eternal joy that is found in Jesus Christ?

-Pastor Landon

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