Summary: This is a sermon about God’s gift to us. How it is 1. Usefull 2. Costly 3. Effective

You were specially created – hand crafted – uniquely make – for purpose of bringing glory to God.


I am here for THE GLORY OF GOD.

My purpose is to live a life that magnifies the Lord, to encourage and support fellow Christians, to become more like Christ, to use my gifts and talents in helping others, to tell those who don’t know Jesus that there is Good News. My purpose to bring glory to God in all I do and say. And when all is said and done I long to hear the words:

"Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)

You have brought Me glory – you have enlarged the kingdom of God – you have done well. God’s gift of salvation to us is useful. It gives us meaning and value. Our purpose is to bring glory to God.

II. God’s gift to you is measured by its COST.

If you recall – last week I spoke about giving God our best. He doesn’t want our leftovers. He doesn’t want cheap stuff. He wants the best you and I can give Him. Remember I used this verse to make my point.

“I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost [me] nothing.”

2 Samuel 24:24 (HCSB)

David said if he was going to give a sacrifice to the Lord he was going to give his best – something of value – something of worth. Why would David say that? Because that is God has done for us. He has given us the most precious gift He could possibly give – something of worth – something of value – something that is one in a kind. He gave us His son. Look at verse ten again.

"This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice…"

God knew what had to be done. He knew what price had to be paid. He knew what it was going to cost Him and He sent the best for you and me. He sent Jesus Christ – born as a child for the salvation of the world. If He gave that much to me – what should I give Him?


God’s gift to me is VALUABLE.

III. God’s present to you is measured by its EFFECTIVENESS.

If I get a toaster for Christmas I expect it to make toast. If I get a coffee machine I expect it to make coffee. If I get a hair curler I’ll save it for re-gifting. But the question that needs to be asked is: Is it effective. Does it do what it was intended to do?

What is the love of God intended to do? CHANGE YOU.

Look at these three verses again – to me they seem almost like a mathematical formula. 1+1=2. See how it all adds up. “God’s gift is useful PLUS God’s gift is valuable EQUALS we ought to love one another.

Verse eleven says this: “If God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.”

“Ought” sounds like a suggestion - but it’s not. It’s not just some suggestion that God is making to us. The Greek word for “ought” could be translated “MUST”. The root word means actually means – to owe something. You owe a payment – you are under obligation – you must pay it back! Let me restate the last part of verse eleven again.

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Steven Osborne

commented on Nov 27, 2007

Great, practical and Biblical ... but what was in Joie's box?

Roger Daniel

commented on Dec 15, 2007

Great thoughts, but disappointed at the conclusion ... what was in the box?

Douglas Barnes

commented on Dec 15, 2007

Agree, good message, good use of scripture, but watch spelling, i.e., "cheep". Also need to add what was in the box either an item or a thought provoker.

Tom Shepard

commented on Dec 29, 2007

"What is in the box?" The answer is: "the greatest gift a ten year old boy could want". If you don't know what that is, ask your congregation. If you are still not sure ask a ten year old boy.

Delbert Stoll

commented on Nov 29, 2011

A "cheep" shot taken by Barnes and the whole point is to let them wondering what the greatest gift is. Delbert Stoll

Wendall Buck

commented on Dec 15, 2014

I know we would all like to know what was in the box. Maybe the gift in it wasn't important maybe it was the giver of the gift. God doesn't tell us what is the box of life for us he just asks us to love Him enough to trust Him with what is in the box of life...a gift given to each of us

Tom Shepard

commented on Jan 10, 2015

God always gives us His best - and just what we need.....

Steve Birch

commented on Dec 14, 2016

What was in the box isn't important to the message . . . whatever it was could not compare to the greatest gift God gave us in His Son Jesus! That's the point! You could fill that box with whatever you want but it doesn't compare to Jesus. The point of the story is to catch attention and get people thinking, not give a nice, neat conclusion. My suggestion would be to maybe include a comment to that effect at the end of the message just for those who are waiting to find out "what was in the box?" Great Job brother.

Tom Shepard

commented on Dec 14, 2016

Thanks for the comment Steve - it seems you clearly got the point. Jesus is always the greatest gift.

David Wetben

commented on Dec 24, 2016

So wonderful exposition of the scripture in a morevsimple and practical way. I need more of your messages

Tom Shepard

commented on Dec 25, 2016

Thank you for the comments. There are many more of my sermons here. Enjoy.

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