Don’t you love to get gifts? And to give them?
Both giving and receiving gifts seems to be pretty important to God. When the Tabernacle was being built, He asked people to bring gifts that could be used to make the structure and the furnishings. He referred to many of the animal and grain sacrifices as gifts to Him. The Magi brought gifts to honor Jesus’ coming to earth. Paul gathered gifts from churches to help the suffering Christians in Jerusalem. Cornelius was commended for his gifts to the poor.
We see that humans can give generously, but, by far, the greatest giver is God Himself. Let’s think about God’s some of amazing gifts to us:
Creation: We look at it, learn about it, enjoy it.
His Word: It’s our privilege to read and meditate on it.
Jesus: And, through Him, eternal life.
Forgiveness: Guilt, sins – gone, paid for, erased.
Life: We breathe, behave, and relate because of this great gift.
Second chances: This is a gift some of us open over and over again!
Prayer: Communion with our Creator, Savior, Friend. Don’t let this one get dusty!
Family, friends: The joy of community, a gift from the Trinity.
Holy Spirit: Joyfully responding in amazement to God living within us.
That’s quite a list, but God’s not done giving gifts yet – some of them are especially selected for you or me. Let’s look for them and, then, respond in thanksgiving always!
“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” –G.K. Chesterton