“Across the Bored” has asked the question “What is a gift for you?”
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon said, “Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
I think that must be true. For what did God get out of giving me the gift of His Son? What is or was my intrinsic worth? Scripture tells me I was dead in sins and trespasses. Paul the apostle goes so far as to say, “All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” Rom. 3:12 NLT That “all” includes me. Even today restored and healed I cannot do anything for God which He could not do for Himself. So why did He send His only Son to die on the cross so that I could have the free gift of eternal life?
He did it for the pleasure of being true to Himself. 2 Timothy says it this way, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
God offered me the gift of eternal life not because I deserved it but because the offer of restoring me brought Him pleasure. If nothing else the example speaks to how I should offer my gifts. In my gift giving do I think about what the person I am giving to has “earned”? Is my giving conditional?
I love what Steve Maraboli says in, Life, Truth and Being Free “Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.”
Thanks for letting me share!- JE Lillie AKA Pastor Wrinkles