by Carolyn Hittenberger
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a friend or family member? That present has to fit perfectly, please the recipient and fit your budget. Do you need something for someone who already has everything? Maybe you’ve one on your list who is particularly hard to please.
For Peter, a Global University student living in California, English is a second language. With the goal of improving his ability to communicate the message of salvation, he diligently studied the course, Introductory English. To fulfill the course requirement for practical application, Peter wrote a tract, entitling it The Perfect Gift. This became a tool to share God’s love through his personal testimony.
At a gas station, a food pantry, a Bible Study group, wherever God opened opportunities, Peter detailed what God had done for him. He told them that he had received many gifts as he grew up but most ended broken, neglected, or lost. “They had no lasting value.” Then one day a lady told him this story of the Perfect Gift.
God had made this world beautiful and perfect. Genesis 1:31 states, “God saw all that he had made and it was very good.” Satan wanted to steal, kill, and destroy all that God had made. When Adam and Eve listened to Satan, disobeying God, they lost their freedom, joy, and life as they had known it. The sentence of death came to every human being. Even in man’s disobedience, God never stopped loving us. Romans 5:8 tells us, “While we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
Romans 6:23 further explains this by stating, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God’s love sent His only Son to take on Himself our sin penalty.
She invited Peter to receive this gift of eternal life. When he answered, “YES,” he knew that he had received the Perfect Gift.
In his tract Peter writes, “Today you can receive the same gift…there is no other gift like it. Nothing will change your life more than this.” He explains that all one needs to do is ask Jesus for forgiveness and invite him in. Peter gives this counsel to those who do so:
- Treasure this gift of eternal life
- Give it to others
- Fellowship with other followers of Jesus
Peter reports that three people have come to the Lord through his witness. He writes, “The Lord is my helper. He loves me even if my English is not 100%.”
Are there friends on your Christmas list who don’t know Jesus? Consider sharing with them The Perfect Gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. It is a gift that is free, yet priceless.
Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Office at Global University and also works with University Communications. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.