“THE GIFT AND THE GIVER”
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (Romans 5:15)
    During this season, the vast majority of people are in a maddening search for just the right gift.  Department stores advertise the “perfect” gift for that special person.  They offer choices that will fit into everyone’s budget.  If your special person is a child, “Here is the gift they will cherish” and the same thought is extended to others, like, wives, husbands, sweethearts, etc.  Your search for that “special” gift will, no doubt, lead you on a journey through many different stores.  You will compare prices, quality and even availability of the gift you consider unique.  You will actually be inclined to go beyond your budget…because Christmas only comes once a year.  When you are satisfied with your purchase, you can only hope that your gift is received with the same spirit in which you found it.  Ah, but within just a couple of years you are back in the same “rat-race” looking for another perfect gift because the other one has lost its glitter and is all but forgotten.
    You may even ask yourself, “Where can I find the perfect gift for so and so?”  I have the answer to your never-ending search for the perfect gift.  There is a perfect gift available to everyone, without regard to financial status, race, or gender.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
    We saw in the opening text that the “free gift” that everyone needs is available only through the Lord Jesus Christ.  James said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights….”  It is the gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.  It’s free—it will cost you nothing.  You actually insult God by trying to prove your worthiness by paying Him with good works, money or a religious life.  You see, this gift will never lose its appeal and value to those who receive it by faith.  Jesus is the Gift from God, and He is the Giver of eternal life.
    Do you have this perfect, “free” Gift?  You can have eternal life today if you but receive this offer; it’s yours for the taking.  Take this gift today, you will never be sorry!
                                                                                                                                         Pastor H. Preston Parker