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October 5, 2020: The Gift! - Pastor Perry Windecker

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NIV).


Reflection


The other evening, I got a prayer request in from a lady, her niece was at the hospital in labor. But, this was no ordinary birth - see for the past month or so the doctors had notice there was something wrong with the baby’s heart. They moved her closer to the big children’s hospital in town. They told her that if the baby survived the birth it would have to be rushed there and go directly into surgery—and even then, the chances were slim. We prayed and prayed that when the baby was born the baby did not need surgery and was fine.


This made me think though. Yes, this baby is a miracle baby, but isn’t every birth a miracle? Isn’t every baby a miracle? Life itself is a miracle! So, I wonder if we really realize just how much a miracle life is. Every breath, every heartbeat, every thought is a miracle. My day to day, even the mundane, is still a miracle. When I wake up, when I go to bed, when I walk, when I just sit and think I’m living in a miracle.


In this passage Paul tells us about an even bigger miracle, the gift of eternal life. How much greater a gift this is? It is immeasurable. The gift of life for eternity in our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace is what we are talking about here. Grace freely given in Christ through his death and resurrection. Grace, the gift of His redemptive power in our life, that life that is already a miracle, the gift of grace for eternity. How can we comprehend just how great this gift is?


Yes, we should live every minute of our life, this miracle of life, as if it is a gift. Yet once we live in Christ, this daily miracle of ordinary life becomes an extraordinary life—and extraordinary gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Have you accepted this gift? If so, how are you living this extra extraordinary gift?


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