Summary: Receive Christ’s gift of His Spirit, who delivers you, who dwells within, and who directs you to know God intimately.
Just a few days before Christmas one year, a postal worker at one of the main sorting offices found an unstamped, handwritten, messy envelope addressed to God. Curious, he opened it and discovered that it was from an elderly woman who was in great distress because all of her savings – $200 – had been stolen. As a result, she wouldn’t have anything to eat for Christmas.
The man went to his fellow postal workers and took up a collection for the woman. They all dug deep and came up with $180. Putting the money in a plain envelope, with no note or anything, the postal workers sent it by special courier to the woman that very day. A week later, the same postal worker noticed another unstamped letter that had been addressed to God in the same handwriting. In it, he found a brief note:
Dear God, thank you for the $180 that you sent me for Christmas, which would have been so bleak otherwise. P.S. It was $20 short, but that was probably those thieving workers at the post office. (www.SermonCentral.com)
Poor guys. They try to help, and they get blamed. Their generous gift was not fully appreciated.
I wonder if we truly appreciate God’s gifts to us this Christmas. Last week, we saw that the Holy Spirit gives us the supernatural ability to serve, spiritual gifts, that allow us to have a significant impact on the lives of others (Romans 12:3-8).
This week, we’re going to explore the Son’s Gift to us this Christmas, and what a gift it is! The Bible says that God richly “pours out” the Holy Spirit “through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:6). The Holy Spirit is Christ’s generous gift to you if you choose to accept Him, if you choose to receive Him by faith.
Do you know what that means? Well, if you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Romans 8, Romans 8, where we find out what it means to have such a wonderful gift, the Son’s gift of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (ESV)
Oh, dear friends, please trust Christ with your life, and accept the gift of His Spirit, who sets you free!
RECEIVE THE SPIRIT WHO DELIVERS YOU.
Welcome God’s Spirit into your life, who liberates you from the law, who releases you from a legalistic trap that could only arouse your sin and condemn you for it.
What a wonderful gift Christ has given us in His Spirit. If you choose to receive Him, you are no longer trapped and condemned. Instead, you are free to live and be all that God intended for you to be.
Oswald Chambers once said, “The Spirit of God is always the spirit of liberty; the spirit that is not of God is the spirit of bondage, the spirit of oppression and depression. The Spirit of God convicts vividly and tensely, but He is always the Spirit of liberty. God who made the birds never made birdcages; it is men who make birdcages, and after a while we become cramped and can do nothing but chirp and stand on one leg.” (Oswald Chambers, “The Moral Foundations of Life,” Christianity Today, Vol. 32, no.13)