A Perfect Gift

The days after Christmas are the busiest time of the year here in Tuscaloosa for merchandise returns as people trade unwanted gifts for what they really want. Yet you probably know a few people who always seem to give the perfect gift. How do they know just what another person values and what is right for the occasion? The key to successful gift-giving is not money; it's listening to others and taking a personal interest in what they enjoy and appreciate..

This is very true for family and friends. However, what about God? Is there anything meaningful or valuable that we can give to God? Is there anything He does not already have? Romans 11:33-36, a song of praise to God for His great wisdom, knowledge, and glory, is followed by a call to give ourselves to Him. "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship"(Romans 12:1). Instead of being shaped by the world around us, we are to be "transformed by the renewing of our mind" (Romans 12:2).

What exactly is the best gift that we can give to God today? In gratitude, humility, and love we can give ourselves completely to Him, heart, mind, and will. It's just what the Lord is longing to receive from each of us. The very best gift we can give to God is ourselves.

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