The Greatest Christmas Present
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Being a Christian is like receiving a priceless jewel as a Christmas present. Even as a diamond has many facets, each enhancing the other, belonging to Jesus is also many- faceted. Centermost, of course, is our salvation: a free gift. We can never earn it since Jesus has already paid for it with His precious blood.
One of the facets is giving thanks in all circumstances. When we do this in obedience, it establishes God’s sovereignty in our lives. It also causes our love for Him to grow as we realize how completely involved He is in our daily lives. When I thank and praise the Lord, I am telling God that I am trusting Him, no matter what is happening. I truly believe this releases His mighty power on our behalf.
Another facet is worship. Not only is this God’s due, but it brings us into His very presence where we receive the guidance and grace, we need each day.
Physical healing is yet another facet. Whether He chooses to heal supernaturally, through the skill of doctors, or by natural means, Jesus is the Lord, our Healer. In many cases, healing is His perfect will. He may give us instant healing or gradual healing. Or He may give us the ultimate healing: taking us home to be with Him.
Prosperity is a facet closely connected to healing. While the Lord may prosper us financially, He also desires that we be able to enjoy all things without having to own them (see II Cor. 6:10). Paul counsels in I Timothy 6:6 that godliness with contentment is great gain.
Nor is prosperity limited to finances. God desires to prosper us in many areas of our lives; ministry to others, relationship, communing with Him, our efforts to grow spiritually – the list is endless.
Submission is an important facet. In these days of worldwide rebellion and anarchy, how greatly we need to learn to submit ourselves – not only to those in positions of authority – but in love to one another (see Eph. 5:21).
Who does not want the fruits of the Holy Spirit (see Gal. 5:22) to grow in their lives? No one would deny their importance for Christians. I think of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as sort of being the personality of Jesus. Surely Christ is glorified as He is formed in us (see Gal. 4:19).
While there are many more facets to explore, let me mention just on more – faith. So important is faith that we cannot please God without it (see Heb. 11:6). Paul says in Galatians 5:6 that it is faith, working through love, which is most important.
Each facet of the Gospel is significant as well as being essential to the whole. To have a vital Gospel to present to the world, we must have the balance of the whole Gospel.