My mother’s family used to draw names of the kids in the family for gift giving at Christmas. One year when I was about 10, the family drawing my name could not be at the family get-together that year, so they gave me my gift early. My mom told me that if I opened it early, I would not have a gift to open when we gathered with the larger family group. Of course, I wanted to open the present immediately. What kid wouldn’t?
When we gathered as a larger family to exchange gifts, I distinctly remember feeling very left out because I was the only child who did not have a gift to open. Even though I had already received my gift, I was not a part of the excitement that others were feeling, and I certainly did not act as if I had received a gift already. My actions were of someone who had not received a gift at all!
This childhood memory reminds me of the many gifts that God has given us. Scripture tells us…
- Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3).
- Good that comes from our labor is also a gift from Him (Ecclesiastes 3:13; 5:19).
- The filling of the Holy Spirit is a gift (Acts 2:38; 10:45).
- Justification (Romans 3:24) as well as grace (Ephesians 2:8) are gifts too.
- Spiritual gifts are offered to us by Christ (1 Timothy 4:14).
- The best gift of all, salvation, is freely offered to all who will accept Christ as Savior (Romans 5:15-17).
James 1:17 says that “every good and perfect gift” comes from God. So all the good that is in your life is a gift from your Heavenly Father because He loves you.
These gifts and more are available for everyone to receive and open. Of those individuals who have opened them, some live as if they have not received any gift while others are experiencing the joy of receiving a gift from the Lord. Some people are enjoying maybe one or two gifts while others are enjoying more or even all of the gifts. Some have placed their gifts on a shelf where they are getting dusty, and some have simply not taken very good care of their gift which now lies in a corner with the obvious signs of neglect.
Which person are you? Have you received the gifts offered to you by Christ? If so, have you opened them all? Are you using the gifts given to you? Or, have you taken them for granted and neglected them?
If you have any gifts left to open, I encourage you to rip off the paper and start enjoying the abundant life awaiting you through the many gifts that Christ so freely offers. If your gifts lie dusty and unused or seemingly broken and in neglect, know that Christ can make all things new again.
Enjoy the many blessings of knowing Christ!