Which do you prefer: to give the perfect gift—something you know for sure that the recipient will absolutely treasure—or to receive the perfect gift yourself?
There’s no right or wrong answer here; most of us would admit to finding value in both. There’s a certain satisfaction in showing someone that you care in a way that’s meaningful to them, but there’s also great joy in discovering that someone cares enough about you to know what you’d like.
On the other hand, consider the disappointment of receiving a gift that doesn’t interest you at all, or in giving a gift that you can tell the other person doesn’t really like.
This week, Irresistible Invitation: Responding to the Extravagant Heart of God looks at the life of Jesus. He is, of course, God’s precious gift to us, a sacrifice with no equal. And through this sacrifice, we also receive new life.
You’ll see this represented in the Scripture memory verse you’ll go over with your Sunday school/small group: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians. 2:8 NIV).
At this point, however, we have to ask ourselves a serious question: how well have we received that gift in our own lives? Have we recognized it, as precious as it is? Have we realized that it really is exactly what we need—as well as what our heart truly desires?
We can spend a lot of time searching for other things that will satisfy us, other gifts that might somehow, some way, make us feel complete. But that search won’t be fruitful. Jesus is the only one who offers us the great gift of eternal life, and the chance to choose new life every single day.
So, what’s your choice on this day? Are you in the mode of giving or receiving? God stands ready to meet you in either place, welcoming you into his presence, and providing your deepest heart’s desire.