What an amazing art form some people have in giving just the, “Best Gifts.” Good taste, thoughtfulness, timing, presentation all lend itself towards a memorable expression by someone as tangible action acknowledging an awareness of our existence. Sometimes it is to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding, births, or even deaths. It’s a way in which we honor someone other than our self. We do not give gifts to those we do not wish to acknowledge but rather we give them to those whom we value because they matter to us.
Over time as we mature we learn that the motivation for gifts given and received can be many. Sometimes even the simple gift of a smile or a hug can mean as much as some extravagant well-wrapped package. The level of awareness to not only the existence of someone else but also how much they matter and what a difference they make in our lives prompts us to give. Once aware that we do matter and that we are special we become secure enough in a relationship where we are willing to actually ask for a gift. This denotes a sense of belonging. Of course getting to the place where we ask for the right gifts for the right reasons takes a level of maturity.
Look at children at the checkout counter of a store and the junk that is intentionally displayed at a child’s eye level knowing they will say, “I WANT, GIVE ME!” As wise parents we must often say no to such demands. The Bible makes note of this in James 4:3 where it tells us, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
God wants us to ask, God wants us to receive but we are not able to ask for the right things without the breath of His Spirit upon our feeble self-centered hearts. Just as a wise parent only gives the right gifts we as well must learn to hear the voice of our heavenly father and obey Him and trust Him. In speaking about humankind the scripture tells us that, “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Luke 11:13
The windows of heaven are open to those who know and accept the savior. JESUS is the, “Best Gift” for every occasion and every season. The Father gave the gift of Jesus because of love therefore the best gifts we can give are also because of love. Let our prayer be to ask for His Holy Spirit and may His Holy Spirit guide us in obtaining all the BEST GIFTS for ourselves and all those who God brings into our lives.
Go In Peace, Go In Love, Go In Victory.Pastor Norman Howell/ August 2014