• Heidi J. Smith

The Greatest Gift

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Wiping the sweat from my hands, I adjusted my costume and walked to the microphone. The bright lights blinded me as I looked out into the sea of faces. I trembled and quoted my memorized line.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

Relieved, I stood with the other kids and waited for the cookies and punch, but the words kept swirling around in my head. What did they mean? What was the gift?

When I got home, I asked my mom what the verse meant. She explained that because I did bad things (sinned) I deserved death, but God loved me and took my place. He died on the cross and rose again.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

I had to believe in Him. It didn't matter how good I tried to be, I would never be good enough to wipe away all my bad things. Only Jesus could save me.

Kneeling in front of our living room couch, I confessed my sins and believed in Him.

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved." Romans 10:9-10

That day was several years ago, but it was the day that I received Jesus as my Savior, the greatest gift.

Have you received the greatest gift?

No one can receive it for you. It is a personal decision you have to make for yourself. It is available to anyone, no matter where you live, or what you have done.

If you have further questions, please email me. I would be glad to talk about it more.

Or if you have received the greatest gift, are you telling others about it?

As the years go by, I'm thankful for the day I received the greatest gift of eternal life.

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