Good Gifts

God has many attributes that I am in awe of. He is holy and eternal, and as a sinful, finite human there are many things about Him that I can’t grasp. But out of all his attributes, God’s generosity is what surprises me the most.

Yes, I am talking about Him sending His Son to die for us so we could have eternal life though we definitely didn’t deserve it, but that’s not all He’s given. You think that pardon for our sins and eternal life would be enough. I mean, who are we that we deserve anything, let alone grace, from the Most High King? What we deserve is to be left wallowing in the destruction of our own choices. But He still sent us a Saviour. And shouldn’t that be enough? As I think of all the wrong I’ve committed against Him, it’s far more than enough. It’s beyond what I deserve, beyond measure as a gift. It’s grace.

And we really don’t deserve grace. We really don’t deserve eternal life.

We really, really don’t.

And you think that would be sufficient. A chance for grace for rebellious sinners? You better believe it is!

But God doesn’t seem to think so.

That’s what blows my mind. He knows what we’ve done. He knows what we deserve.

But for some reason that I can’t comprehend, He still wants to give us more! He wants to bless us until we feel as though we’re drowning in His love!

In Matthew, Jesus said, “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!”

BUT WOULD ANYONE WHO HAS RECEIVED GRACE HAVE THE NERVE TO ASK FOR MORE? It’s incredible that God considers us His children at all!

And yet, when we ask and even when we don’t ask, He blesses us.

If, at this time, you think you aren’t blessed, I want you to stop and think for a second. Because even in the dark times in life God gives us good gifts. He never leaves us alone. He never leaves us without hope. Sure, there are always going to be hard times and there are always going to be people who have more than you do. But God’s gifts aren’t always materialistic! Think over this past Christmas season. Think of the laughs you’ve shared with family and the hugs you’ve shared with friends. Think of the sappy Christmas tree and the sound of your kids playing in the snow. Sometimes I think we don’t realize that little things like these are blessings. I think we only recognize the big gifts as God’s provision. But God’s blessings are everywhere– you just have to look.

And what makes me smile is, even though Christmas is HIS birthday, He still chooses to completely spoil us. He’s given me lots of good times over these past couple of weeks with my family and a gazillion ideas for my new series that I’m planning! And that only scratches the surface of all my blessings!

His generosity is truly amazing, isn’t it? In this age, selfishness is the core of nearly everything we do, even serving, sometimes. There is always that underlining motivation that we are going to get something out of it. And that’s why sacrificial giving comes as such as a surprise. Because it’s not in human nature. It’s easy to give ten dollars to charity if you have thousands of dollars in your bank account. It’s easy to shovel the neighbors snow if you’re probably going to get paid afterward. But giving hundreds of dollars to those in need? Shoveling your neighbors snow for free? That’s nearly ridiculous!

But it should make sense to Christians, shouldn’t it? 

Since God has given us life through Jesus and showered so many undeserved blessings upon us, shouldn’t we be a blessing to others? Especially to those who haven’t recognized God’s grace?

That’s why I think it’s important to recognize the gifts God has given you.

Because He HAS given you good gifts.

And because when we realize how generous He’s been to us, it’s easier to be generous to others.

And that’s what Christmas is all about.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Barckley
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 17:41:25

    Very wonderfully stated Mary. Beautiful.



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