All of Christianity is gift oriented. Have you ever thought about that? None of what we receive is earned or deserved. Jesus Christ is a gift. The Gospel is a gift. Righteousness is a gift. The Spirit is a gift. The delight of the Father is a gift. The church is a gift. Worship is a gift. Preaching is a gift. The Sacraments are a gift. Prayer is a gift. Heaven is a gift. Love is a gift. Hope is a gift. Faith is a gift. I could keep going. The scriptures teach that even the idea of our salvation is a gift from God. Ephesians says that “while we were dead in our trespasses and sins, because of God’s great love for us, He mercifully brought us to life, even while we were still dead (Ephesians 2:1-5 my paraphrase).” Wow! Did you catch that? We were dead, smothered in sin, captive slaves of the evil one, with no hope of even thinking to ask for help, but God brought us to life. Many good theologians accurately teach that before we could even think to repent of our sins, God had to bring us to life first. Ephesians 2 certainly affirms that viewpoint. This is true of our salvation in its beginning and it is also true of our walk this moment. And so, we repented because Christ first brought us to life. Repentance is a response to God’s work. So salvation and repentance are a gift from God that turn us to the gift of God.