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 7:11
We are evil, apart from God we are sinners not worthy of anything. In fact the bible calls our acts or attempts to cleanse ourselves “filthy rags”
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6
Without Jesus we are evil, without our salvation we are nothing and can do nothing.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Though we are evil, Matthew 7 suggests that we do opt to give good gifts to our children and suggests that the gifts we receive from our Father and heaven don’t even match the gifts that he has for us.
I’m not a parent yet (8 weeks or less until our baby girl makes her arrival!) but I want to look at two points that influence the type of gift we get and how it is received.
Motive- Why do parents give gifts to their children? Why does God want to give us gifts?
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11
He delights in us as his children, just like we delight in our own children. We give gifts to express our love, God gives gifts to express His love.
Mindfulness- how does our awareness of accepting a gift affect our ability to receive it?
You can’t understand a gift unless you take the time to look at it. I’ve been getting several gifts for the baby and I can’t fully appreciate the gift given to me unless I know what it is. I can say I am thankful for what they’ve given me, but unless I know HOW to use what I’ve been given, I’m not going to understand the depth of thought behind the gift.
The same goes for our gifts given to us from heaven, unless we take time to understand the gift we’ve been given it goes unused.
How do we learn about the gifts given to us?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
To be clear, I’m not talking about physical gifts, God wants to give us so much more than physical gifts, I’m talking about spiritual gives of wisdom and understanding.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
When we ask people what they want for Christmas or for their birthday, usually they give a reason or need behind the gift they are asking for (even if there is no immediate need there is something that is drawing them to ask for that specific thing)
Our needs being met is the gift that God gives us.
So if God knows our needs better than we do, what do we have to lose by just asking him to meet our needs according to His provision, instead of asking for specific things ourselves? Join me in praying that today friends, Pray that the one who created you and knows you better than you know yourself will give you the gifts you need and wisdom understand to know how to use them for your good and His glory.