What price are you willing to pay?

By Pastor Willie Isaacson, Richmond First Baptist Church

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone.  You may have gotten some great deals, but have you completed shopping for just the right gifts?  I wonder, what are you willing to pay in order to get the best gifts for those on your list?  Sometimes the cost is great, but isn’t that what Christmas is supposed to be about?

Hear me out.  I want to encourage you to consider giving a costly gift this Christmas.  Why would I make such a request? Well, let’s just say it serves to remind us of what we are supposed to be celebrating. This Christmas, let’s remember that God loved us so much that He sent His One and only Son for us.  Born in a stable, He came in humility out of love.  Living a sinless life, He had no place to lay His head to sleep.  Seeking those who would listen, He was constantly on the move.  Healing those who would believe, He embraced the untouchables.  For the sake of the lost (that is you and me), He went to the cross.  All of this was God’s gift to us, a gift we try to remember at Christmas as we exchange gifts with those we love.  But what does it truly cost us? A few dollars, a few extra hours of work, a few more payments on the credit card?

God gave what was most precious to Him for a sinner like me.  So, in honoring His gift, what am I willing to give to reveal God’s love to others? I think it may be time for some of us to make a sacrifice of our own in gift giving.  We are celebrating Jesus coming into the world.

The complete story is in the Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 Richmond News.

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