Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Daily Devotion: His Unspeakable Gift

Bible Reading:  II Corinthians 9

Key Verse: Verse 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

Key Words:  unspeakable gift

Paul had been writing to the church at Corinth to encourage them to do financially as they had promised to do for the church in Jerusalem.  He commends the church of Macedonia for fulfilling their commitment.

Chapter nine closes with Paul talking about God’s unspeakable gift.  The word unspeakable means indescribable.  This is not money Paul is talking about; he’s talking about Jesus Christ and what Christ has done for them.  We do what we do for God because of our spirit of thankfulness for His unspeakable gift of Jesus Who has given us everlasting life.

A Christian general and a judge in India were on a military expedition.  When they came to a Mohammedan area, they were met by several ladies of a Christian mission.  The Indian judge was impressed with these cultured women missionaries, and said, “I cannot understand why these ladies give up their time and risk infection working in this filthy part of town.”

 “It is rather amazing,” replied the general, “unless you realize their motive.” 

“Ah, that’s just my difficulty.”

“Their motive is gratitude.” 

“Gratitude!  What have our poor people ever done for them that these ladies should feel gratitude?  I wish you would explain it for me.” 

“To explain would involve the essential differences between our religions.” 

“I’ll listen to you,” said the judge. 

The general gave him a story of a friend in greatest difficulties over money matters, and his debt was paid by a kind stranger.  Then he explained, “Though our debts have been paid and we are free, we owe the deepest gratitude to Jesus Christ our Saviour, Who paid them for us, and that explains these missionary ladies.  They have only one motive: to prove their gratitude to Him Who paid their debts.”

Thank God for His unspeakable gift!

What to do:
✞ Show others your thankfulness to God for His unspeakable gift through your actions of love and  service.

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