Ephesians 2:8-9 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.
A gift — given, not exchanged.
Everyone brings a small pair of socks. They are tied, keeping them together as well as safely securing the goodies inside. Some contain hair bows or ribbons, candy canes, bath bomb balls, etc.
As the evening festivities progress, it comes time for the sock exchange. Sitting in a circle on the floor everyone listens as the story is read. Each time the word right is read you are to pass your sock gift to the right. When the word left is mentioned in the story you pass to the left. By the end of the story everyone is holding a sock gift from someone else. It’s a fun and fair way to give and receive.
By these terms, Gods gift of salvation is not fair. He gives and we receive. We do nothing to fairly earn the gift. We don’t even deserve the gift. The fairness of the gift of salvation is not in the deserving but in that E V E R Y O N E can receive this gift. It is not only for a few. You cannot work hard enough to earn it. There are no activities or religious rituals that will be enough to deserve the gift of salvation. It is simply believing and accepting. And, it is available to A L L !
With each gift exchanged this Christmas, share them with a prayer that the recipient has heard and accepted the story of the greatest gift of all. The gift of salvation that came as a baby in a manger as a gift of love!