The Love of God is Treasured {Advent Devotional}

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By Bill McIntyre

As we have been looking at God’s love through John 3:16, we come to these next two words:

his only

What do you treasure in your life today? What is of such importance that you value it above all other things.  Is it a material possession? Your golf clubs, your favourite jewellery, your expensive car on the drive, your holiday home, your bank account?  What would you do if asked to give them up?

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world. (2)

Some years ago we moved house and in the process sold our house, rented a place temporarily while we looked for a new home. Consequently, we had a substantial amount of money sitting in the bank. One evening while we were sitting in our rented accommodation my wife said, “What would you do if God told you to give all that money away?” My first response was: “Well I would rebuke it because a request like that can only have come from Satan!”

But the more I thought about it the more I realized that God could ask me to be that sacrificial, and if he did then how would I react – with obedience or disobedience?

Thankfully, we were not asked to do it but it got me thinking about the sacrifice that God made for you and me. It was not some material possession he gave up but his only son who he gave for death on the cross for you and for me.

Here we see the amazing, wonderful, tremendous value of the Father’s love for us.  Not only was he willing to give, but we see here that he was willing to give the only one he had.  When you give to someone out of your abundance that is one thing, but when you give all that you have that is quite another.

God had only one son but he gave him that we might live.

But as well as being valuable God’s love is also personal.

Heavenly Father we thank you for the gift of your son and his death that we might be redeemed, Father, let us never forget that treasure and let us proclaim it from the rooftops to whoever may hear.  Amen.

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