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I have an awesome wife. For those of you who know her, you know what I’m talking about. She is beautiful inside and out. I caught another glimpse of this beauty on Christmas morning as we sat in our living room opening gifts. With a grin she placed a wrapped package in my lap. Her look told me that she was excited for me to open it. I tore the paper from the box revealing a new coffee grinder.

Now, some of you may be thinking, “Ok…its a coffee grinder.” True. But the joy is not in the item itself. The real gift is not in being able to hand grind coffee beans. The beautiful gift is that my wife offers me herself. The joy is in the overwhelming truth that my wife sees me. She pays attention to me. She knows me. She loves me. That's what I saw in her eyes when she placed that Christmas gift in my lap.

Consider God’s words in Exodus 19:4. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”

If you were reading this in the context of the whole chapter you just might miss the staggering truth God just declared.

God had just delivered His people out of slavery in Egypt. He just guided them through the Red Sea. God made the promise that He is leading them to the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey.

You might say these are like Christmas gifts placed in the laps of his children. There would no doubt be high-fives and celebratory fist pumps abounding in the camp.

But the real gift is not what God does for them. God declares that he brought them out of slavery to “bring you to myself.”

The real gift of salvation is that God gives us himself. God sees you. He knows you.

Friends, God loves you. He is offering you something more than you could ever hope or imagine. God moves toward you to free you, to heal you, and to guide you. But more than these, God is offering you Himself. Will you give yourself to Him?

I would like to encourage you, to challenge you, to surrender yourself to the grace-filled, life-changing love of Jesus Christ. Lay down your pride. Lay down your failures. Give Him your fears and your future. Give Him your hands and your heart. Give yourself to God. He has given Himself to you.

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