Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
December 22nd, 2013
A Wasted Gift
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:4
Every Christmas we try to find a gift that a person not only wants but also needs. We want to think that we are making a difference in the life of a person. There is no better feeling than giving a gift to someone who really needs it. That is why I am moved to compassion when I see the bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
We also want to feel like the gift is appreciated. None of us want to give a gift that is not wanted. Nor do we want to give a give that is neglected.
One of my best gifts I have ever received was a Bible. I hope my parents know how much I appreciated that gift. I carried it for years and would still be carrying it if it weren’t wore out. That Bible has been up and down this country and all the way to Africa and back.
Unfortunately if you give most children a Bible they will be very disappointed. It will not be appreciated. It will not be used. It will be neglected, rarely picked up or used except to carry it back and forth to church. You would feel like you had wasted your time and money.
A Bible is of course a great gift! What more precious gift could we give someone other than salvation itself? The Bible is a great book and a wonderful help and guide for life. It is the word of God. It is a gift from God to have it. What a tragedy if it is wasted.
It is but one of the gifts that God has given to the world in general and his people in particular. He has also given us all life. To some of us he has given a new life and blessings to go with it.
Are we using that new life though? Or is it wasted? He has promised to set us free from the bondage of sin, not just the salvation of our souls but the removing of sin from our lives. He has promised to make us useful to his cause, kingdom and those around us. He has given us each unique abilities for his service.
But are we using them? Or are we like the child who gets a Bible always wanting something different and neglecting that which is truly valuable and important? This Christmas let us each remember the other gifts that God has given us and put them to use. Don’t waste God’s other gifts to you.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
From the Pastor
Tracy and I, and Elijah too, would like to thank the church from the bottom of our hearts for not only the very generous Christmas gift but also the loving kindness you have shown us all year long. Our continued prayers are for you and your family to be greatly blessed and the church will grow in spirituality, number and influence.
Regarding the church directory-The church directory is nearly complete. Please see me so we can verify your information. If you have not had your picture taken for the directory please get one taken. If you prefer to submit a picture please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already had a picture taken and would like to replace it with a different one you can email that to me as well.
December 22nd at 5:00-Southside will be holding their Christmas program. Dinner will follow.
December 24th at 8:30-Breakfast with Bethel at Bob Evans. Attendance may be very light because this is Christmas Eve.