If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
Thank you Lord, for the unending grace and love that you lavish upon us. Help us to receive the extravagant gifts you offer us through relationship with you.
In my struggle to graciously receive my birthday gifts this year, I realized that gifts from others can be an extension of God’s love to me as well. As I soaked in this truth, I allowed myself to fully receive what was given and to accept all the love expressed by the givers.
Our heavenly Father has given us extravagant gifts as well. The gift of his Son, whose sacrifice offers forgiveness and eternal life. The Spirit, who dwells inside us and gives us wisdom and comfort. Truth through his Word and the encouragement of our fellow believers. The gift of a relationship with himself, and his infinite love, mercy and grace – just to name a few.
We may feel we are unworthy to receive such lavish treasures. And it’s true – we are unworthy on our own merit. But through Christ’s sacrifice, we are made worthy. Are we receiving the gifts that God has to offer? Or are we wasting time feeling like we don’t deserve them?
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