The Perfect Gift

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

I have to admit – I am not the world’s best shopper. I do not like going to the mall, searching from one shop to the other, trying to find that one perfect gift. I seriously doubt that I have ever found the absolute perfect gift for anyone. What about you?

Do you know, when it comes to gift giving, God is in a class all by Himself. When He sent Jesus, He sent the absolute best. Jesus has always been, is now and always will be perfection personified. He is perfect and He is also exactly what we need in order to have eternal life. 

Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” We must always remember that He came here in human form in order to identify with us in our struggles and our weaknesses. The difference was – He never sinned. He was sinlessly perfect – something that none of us have been able to accomplish in our lives.

However, He is with us to help us be the people we can never be without His help. In this sense He is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Paul pointed to this in Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Now let us go back to the gift giving. Whether we like to shop or not, isn’t it great to buy presents for the people we love? God love us before we were ever born. That is why He gave us Jesus. Why do we love Him? I John 4:19 says “We love him, because he first loved us.” No doubt about it – Jesus is the perfect gift.


Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.

Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children  — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter  — Breanna. 

Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.

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