Greatest gift?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Thousands of years ago, the greatest Gift-giver of all time wrapped up one, big, surprise gift and gave it to us; God created the earth and the entire universe that surrounds it. Why did He do it?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

“You didn’t have to do that!” I looked up from the gift my wife had just given me on my birthday. Holly is one of the most generous people I know. Some people love to give gifts to be praised; others because they feel a sense of obligation. Some give gifts to compete with the gifts of others. Holly, on the other hand, has always been giving gifts because she loves to do it. In fact I’m often compelled to give gifts in return just to compete with her; obviously not the proper motive for gift-giving. I’ve learned over the years, however, that Holly doesn’t expect reciprocity. A simple thank you and a hug is all that she needs.

Thousands of years ago, the greatest Gift-giver of all time wrapped up one, big, surprise gift and gave it to you and I; God created the earth and the entire universe that surrounds it. I think that it’s important to look at creation in terms of gift-giving. Here’s why. Think about this: God didn’t have to create anything. He could have justly been content to dwell in his realm without the universe, the earth or us. In fact, as he is sovereign and perfect, he would have been just to do so. God, in essence, didn’t need anything; as God he is self-sufficient. But, just as Holly doesn’t need to give gifts except that she chooses to, God chose to gift us creation not in need but in love. And talk about generosity! Think about this: the Milky Way, our galaxy, although it is spinning at the incredible speed of 490,000 miles an hour, will take more than 200 million years just to make one rotation. WOW! Add to that there are somewhere over a billion other such galaxies in the universe. And some have speculated that the number of stars in the universe might be equal to all the sand in all the seashores on earth. Talk about generous, talk about surprising!

Why did God put so much effort into something he neither needed to do or was in any way compelled to build in such an elaborate way? Simply, he did it because he chose to do it out of love. God chose to create because he chose to love in such an unfathomable way that you and I can’t really even begin to fathom. The earth, the universe and you and I are an expression of that love. What makes the whole thing even more amazing is this: God doesn’t expect reciprocity from us; a simple thank you and a hug will do just fine. Like Holly, all God really cares about is our happiness and our belief that he did it, he makes it go, and every day we’re on this earth we’re excited about being here. A simple “thank you Jesus” makes the greatest creative work of eternity worth it to God. He didn’t have to do it, but he did. Nothing more be said because there are no words worthy of his creation in Jesus Christ.

We pray. "Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies."

(Psalm 148:1-4 ) In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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