Above and Beyond the Greatest Gift
By Kristen Terrette
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1
Have you ever witnessed a near-death experience? Watched someone deliver CPR to a lifeless body? Or administer the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim?
Once a large, chalky pill got lodged in my throat, and it was terrifying. I was in the bedroom by myself. I couldn’t scream, much less breathe. I began to knock on my stomach while bent over, while my lungs felt ready to explode, and with everything in me, forced out a cough.
Praise God, my meager efforts dislodged the medication. As it hit the floor and I took a reviving breath, tears flowed down my face. I was relieved yet shaken by the knowledge that I’d almost died. I’m certain paltry efforts while choking couldn’t have worked on their own. God saved me.
This experience made me contemplate salvation and how, through Christ, God rescued us from death and brought us spiritual life. But unlike an emergency responder, God doesn’t save us then return to the fire station or rush off to the next emergency.
He welcomes us into His family and adopts us as His children, making us heirs to His royal and eternal Kingdom. Do you see how deeply God loves you? If your earthly father has disappointed, hurt, or abandoned you, you now have a Father who will never fail, injure, or leave you. If you received Jesus as your Savior, thank the One who saved you and calls you His precious child.
Kristen Terrette cherishes her Southern roots and lives 45 minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She served as a Children's Ministry Director for many years, and with the support of her husband and two children she now stays home writing Christian fiction and non-fiction. She's passionate about storytelling and helping people take their next steps in their relationship with Jesus. She serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team, serves at her local church on the women's leadership team, and writes for Crosswalk.com. To see her blog and novels, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.
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