If you ask someone about the greatest birthday or Christmas gift they’ve ever received, many times you’ll hear answers like “a bicycle,” “my game system,” or maybe even “a new car.” But if you ask Christians about their greatest gift, you’ll hear the story of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
As the Apostle Peter wrote, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) Because of Jesus, we have received the greatest gift! We’ve been given hope, life, and purpose! Because of Jesus, we’ve been given everything!
Jesus told a story , “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” The question we need to ask today is, are we searching for the one or are we still hanging out with the ninety nine? Is the gift of God’s son important enough for us to share?
No matter what we do at Pleasant Valley, whether it’s serving food under the Broadway Bridge, putting on a Vacation Bible School for our kids, having a Kiddie Carnival for our community, or sharing a potluck with each other, the reason we do it is so that we can share the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are many in our community and throughout the world today that haven’t heard the Truth. Please join us as we “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”