Charlene Stevens Jenkins
The Greatest Gift of All
I hope you’re not more worried about material things than the things that will last forever. In my last blog, I said the most important “gift” right now, this season and every season, is Jesus. In fact, the most important gift I can ever give myself is when I present my body to the Lord. So, instead of worrying about presents, I’m really trying to focus on my presentation. I’m giving myself to Him when I accept Him as my Lord and Savior. It’s a win-win situation. If I think about it in terms of what will benefit the Kingdom of God, then I cannot keep this Good News to myself. I want to share God’s gift of salvation with every person I know. We are His hands and feet. God uses people to accomplish His will on the earth. Jesus gave His life freely, and God wants us to come to Him willingly. So, where are you? If you’re not saved and born again in Christ Jesus, then I recommend making that Priority #1. It’s not difficult at all. These are the Steps to Salvation, giving your life over to Jesus: 1. Acknowledge your sins. Romans 3:23; 1John 1:9. 2. Repent of (turn away from) your sins. Acts 3:19. 3. Believe in Jesus Christ, His sacrifice for our sins, and His resurrection from the dead. John 3:16. 4. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, inviting Him to live in your heart. Romans10:9; John 11:25. If you have taken these steps, Congratulations! I’m happy for you, and the angels are rejoicing in heaven. Next, share your good news and rebirth with someone who can help you connect to a local church or a spiritual leader. Why is this important? Connecting with a bible led church and godly leadership is connecting with the family of God. Contrary to popular belief and practices, connecting with a ministry in covenant is essential. We grow together. We worship together. We encourage and help each other. I realized long ago that my relationship with Christ is one that gives me life, wisdom, joy, and peace. I nurture it daily through quiet time, prayer, and reading the Bible. Please commit to nurture your relationship with Christ daily, He is aware of our strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, and everything else about us. After accepting Jesus and connecting with a local church to grow and serve, Priority #2 is to obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Every Christian should want to tell others about what Jesus did, which would give God the opportunity to use us. I said earlier that we are His hands and feet down here, and when we present Him our bodies, we allow Him to use our ears (as we listen to Him) and our mouths (as we speak for Him). Let’s remember the most important thing this season: Receiving Jesus will always be the best and greatest gift of all. Let me know how you are doing; I’d like to encourage you. I’m praying for you.