The Gift That Keeps On Giving
I extend Apostolic greetings and seasons salutations to all of the Saints of O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly and to our many friends and guests who join us online or in Temple.
I am grateful for the opportunity to bless each of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s that wonderful time of the year again, that time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is He who is God’s chief gift to humanity. He is greater than every other gift. He is greater than sunshine or rain in the springtime. He is greater than a warm hearth in winter or a refreshing breeze in the summer evening. The scripture says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16a). Jesus Himself is not only the physical manifestation of the Almighty God, he is presented to us as the ultimate expression of God’s love for us all. He is God’s greatest gift.
He is unlike the gifts that we give each other that soon lose their luster as the days, weeks, and months go by. But in Jesus the words of the song ring true, “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before; every day with Jesus, I love Him more and more. He’s the one that keeps me, He’s the one that I adore; every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before!”
Isn’t it wonderful how you can just think on Him and be refreshed? But isn’t it beyond our comprehension how that same “Gift” given so long ago, in Bethlehem’s manger, is still “giving” to us today? Giving to us, not just around December 25th, but He is giving to us constantly and continuously. He doesn’t just give to us incidentally or once in a while, but his is a flow of giving for He continues to give us Himself. He never becomes obsolete. He is never out of style. He will never be replaced by a newer and updated edition. He is alone the genuine expression of the Almighty God. Indeed quite the contrary, He increases in personal value to us. It is not because He is changing; rather, our knowledge and appreciation of Him continues to grow. I am learning more and more about Him. I am seeing Him in new light, and in new situations and circumstances. I knew Him before as the Keeper of my life as a young man but now I know that He keeps older men, too. In all things, He keeps on doing, He keeps on revealing, He keeps on giving. So as we celebrate His birth by acts of kindness and love to one another, let us never forget Him who is the reason for the season. He is the incomparable “gift” of God and He is the gift that keeps on giving.
Bishop Gregory Wells, Sr., D.D.
Founding Pastor, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly