I wrote yesterday about the priceless value of God’s gift of our redemption in Jesus Christ. There is another aspect that is important. We see a gift as valuable depending upon the depth of our need for that gift. It is nice to find a $5 bill laying on the sidewalk, but we would have continued on doing what we were doing without it. To a man in the desert dying of thirst a bottle of water is of utmost value. Understanding the gift of our salvation in Jesus Christ only has a true depth of value when we realize how lost and separated we are from our Holy God because of our sin.(Romans 3:23) We are worse off than the man dying of thirst in the desert. The problem for modern society is that we really don’t think we are that bad. We love the phrase “well, nobody’s perfect”. Very true, but God is. How can we imperfect people come to a perfect and holy God? “Oh”, but we say, “God is love and doesn’t reject anyone”. But that really is not what the Scripture says. “…without holiness no one will see the Lord.”(Hebrews 12:14) And holiness is not something we can achieve by our good works. It can only be given to us as a free and unearned gift through the sacrifice of Christ. In our own nature we are truly dying of thirst in the desert. When we realize this the living water of life in Christ is of supreme value. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8) In that truth we truly bow in worship and thanksgiving.