Between my loving husband, caring family and awesome friends, I received such wonderful gifts this Christmas. Between the memories of hosting our first Christmas; the abundance of thoughtful cards and text messages; that cross-body bag that I really wanted; that quality time with my Mommy that I always look forward to; and those gifts that I would have never thought to ask for, I was completely and overwhelmingly blessed. I can only hope that the presents we gave were and will be enjoyed just as much on their receiving end. (They were all quite thoughtful gifts, if you ask me.)
In all of the hustle and bustle of making and fulfilling wish lists in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I recognized true favor. Although there were some frivolous things that I wanted, there was nothing that I needed, and my husband and I were able to freely give.
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:9-11
No matter how seemingly great the material gifts we gave or received during this holiday were, God gave and gives His best, which is the crème de la crème. Each day, He gives us grace and goodness that we do not deserve. Every morning, He renews His mercies. At every opportunity, He’s giving us another (and another) chance…and the breath that we’re breathing.
But, even in the plentitude of His blessings – those we do and don’t even ask for; those we do and don’t even express thanks for – God still desires to give us more.
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed…There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them…Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4, 7-11
In His love, and because we are His, we are entitled to some über-amazing gifts. And, these gifts of the Spirit are the kind of gifts that keep on giving. He wants to distribute them to each one of us, so that we may be a blessing to others.
In this case, it seems that we must receive in order to give. Now that we know, all we have to do is ask.
Let’s ask. And, let’s have the heart to give what we receive!