When I was a young boy, I remember writing out my Christmas wish list. It was a big deal figuring out which items to include. Should I ask for an Erector set, a clock radio, or a BB gun?
As an adult, my Christmas list looks different. The things I appreciate most cannot be wrapped and placed underneath the tree. And, as we enter this season of celebrating our Lord’s birth, I am reminded of how much I have been given. God has blessed us with extraordinary gifts. Join me in thanking God for these gifts:
Salvation—God has given us the ultimate gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). While Christmas often focuses on the birth of our Savior, we are mindful of what happened next. In His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and secured our salvation.
His Word—What a privilege to be able to read and study God’s Word. I find it such an encouragement to know that thousands of you are opening the Bible with me each day as you follow along with our monthly Today in the Word
devotional. We are promised that God’s Word does not return void. Instead, God says it “will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:11).
Our Family in Christ—Whether your earthly family is present with you, you can be assured that you are part of a family of believers that spans the globe. “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord” (2 Thess. 2:13).
Thank you for being a part of our Today in the Word family during 2016! I hope your life has been enriched by this time spent in God’s Word, that you have not only learned more about Scripture but have taken the next step in your personal faith journey.
Your financial support of this ministry is helping many others grow in faith as well! Jim, one of our readers, says he is thankful for Today in the Word’s daily provision of God’s Word. “It is an essential component of my daily diet— it provides joy and sustenance.”
We look forward to another great year of devotionals in 2017 as we grow together in God’s Word.