I love gifts. I love giving them, and I love getting them, too. Now before you call me selfish, read Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.” It really is okay to be a “gift” person!
Are you a “gifts” person? What are some gifts you like to give/receive? Are they ones that come as a surprise, or things you’ve wanted for awhile?
Do they come in boxes and bags covered with bows, or are they less tangible– the gift of a conversation with a long-distance friend, peace and quiet in the midst of a very busy day, or an undeserved but greatly needed favor?
Do you know you are a gift?
You are a gift from God to the world, created to shine brightly in the world around you. A light isn’t lit just to be put under a bowl but is meant to help others see. Luke 11:33, 34 The light is used to direct and guide those who would otherwise walk in darkness.
I seldom feel like I’m a gift and certainly not a new one, all bright and shiny and ready for use. Oftentimes, I feel more like a slightly stained, damaged, or button-missing kind of person – similar to items tagged on a clearance rack- feeling like I’m not necessarily the best deal available. But God sees us differently.
Through Christ, we’re not on that clearance rack, but He has actually placed us in the display window! He wants to use us to reflect His goodness to others. The cool thing is He uses those slight stains and torn fabrics in my life as a way to reveal His perfection.
God gave His Perfect Gift, Jesus, so that in spite of our old sinful nature and disobedient ways, we’ve been given access to a right, pure, and undefiled relationship with the Father. I’d say that’s a pretty great gift!
Do you feel inadequate? Unusable? Slightly stained and damaged? If so, you’re a perfect addition to God’s display window! Don’t let the enemy tell you that you have nothing to offer. Allow Jesus to come in and make beauty from ashes in your life, changing the slightly used to brand-new and the worn and torn to reborn. Believe that instead of being marked as damaged, you have the mark of Christ upon you (Ephesians 1:13)–that’s a pretty expensive ticket-item! Who wouldn’t want to check out that deal?!
What steps will you take to be “on display” for God?
- It may simply be stepping into an area where you’ve wanted to serve but have been fearful.
- It may mean relinquishing something you’ve been holding onto for too long–something that’s been causing some staining in your life.
- It could simply be creating some regular alone time with the LORD, growing in your knowledge of Him and His love for you.
The more you see what an amazing and incredible GIFT He is, the more you’ll want to be the gift that gives Him to everyone you meet.